Spring Game 24: Yankees at Phillies

The Yankees made the short trip this morning to Clearwater, where Derek Jeter was scheduled to start at shortstop for the fourth time this spring. But he had some trouble loosening up the area around his surgically repaired left ankle and was scratched from New York’s lineup after taking batting practice.

Before heading back to Tampa, Jeter reiterated what he said a few hours earlier in the Yankees’ clubhouse at George M. Steinbrenner Field: He was told that the area around his left ankle would be stiff and sore. Today, he said the “front” of his ankle was just a little stiffer than usual.

“Maybe if I wasn’t told it was going to happen, then I would be concerned. But from everything that I’ve been told from the doctors, it’s normal,” Jeter said. “It’s just stiff. Stiffness. But once again, it’s not in the part that I broke. It’s just around there. That’s why I’m not concerned.”

Jeter termed this an “old-fashioned day-to-day” situation and said he could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.

“I wish I had an answer for you, but I don’t know. I’ll play as soon as I can,” Jeter said. “If I can play tomorrow, I’ll play tomorrow. If it’s the next day, it’s the next day. The luxury is it is spring training. Two weeks is plenty of time to get ready.”

Here are the lineups and game information:

1:05 p.m. – Bright House Field, Clearwater, Fla. –
TV: ESPN, Radio: None
RHP Adam Warren (0-1, 11.32 ERA) vs. RHP Kyle Kendrick (0-2, 9.00)

Brett Gardner CF
Gil Velazquez SS
Ichiro Suzuki LF
Kevin Youkilis 1B
Travis Hafner DH
Brennan Boesch RF
Chris Stewart C
Ronnier Mustelier 3B
Corban Joseph 2B

Adam Warren RHP

Warren is scheduled to be followed by Cody Eppley, Joba Chamberlain, Jim Miller, Preston Claiborne, Shawn Kelley and David Aardsma.

Jimmy Rollins SS
Michael Young 3B
Chase Utley 2B
Ryan Howard 1B
Domonic Brown LF
Laynce Nix RF
Jermaine Mitchell CF
Steven Lerud C

Kyle Kendrick RHP

-Adam Berry


I’m with you Seeknay. I guess it is a good business decision to get down under 189 million payroll for 2014 but is not good for putting a world series contender on the field for 2013 or 2014.George would never have put money ahead of getting the best team on the field to win. Yankee fans won’t be happy with saving money if the team doesn’t make it to the playoffs. You have players over 35 no matter how good they were in the past they are more subject to injury and to the wear and tear of playing baseball for a number of years. The body breaks down. That’s normal. And throw in PED’s for ARod and it’s even worse. We’re paying guys millions of dollars and they’re going to be sitting on the sidelines for a part of the season and perhaps for the whole season. We’ll be battling the Red Sox for last place in the division.That’s my prediction as negative as it is.


The Yankees have become the home for more “off waivers” players than anyone. With all the injuries and non-signees this team is at most a 500 squad. Hope I’m wrong but after watching them many times this spring there is NOT much to be encouraged about.


Yankees losing 4-1 to lowly Phillies and with only 2 hits. The offense has disappeared with the loss of players to other teams and through injury. Pitching will have to be lights out to keep us in games.


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