Derek Jeter will begin yet another Minor League rehabilitation assignment on Thursday, joining the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders for their 7:05 p.m. ET home game against the Pawtucket Red Sox.
Jeter is recovering from a Grade 1 strain of his right calf, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter is slated to play five innings at shortstop. Jeter worked out in Tampa, Fla. again on Wednesday and ran the bases, according to Girardi, who said that he expects Jeter will play at least two games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
“As I’ve said, we’ll just go day-by-day and see how he responds each day,” Girardi said.
It is possible, but not a sure bet, that Jeter could re-join the Yankees on Saturday at Tropicana Field.
Derek Jeter has been diagnosed with a Grade 1 strain of his quadriceps and will not play through the weekend, Yankees GM Brian Cashman announced today.
That will permit him to rest through the All-Star break as well, which the Yankees are hopeful will allow him to avoid going back on the disabled list.
Cashman said that would be the best case scenario, but also cautioned there is still a chance he’ll need to be retroactively placed on the disabled list after the All-Star break.
A Grade 1 strain is the slightest, or least severe, of the three possible grades.
ST. PETERSBURG – Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson suffered a fractured fifth metacarpal of his left hand after being hit by a pitch during Friday’s game against the Rays and is again headed for the disabled list.
Granderson was drilled by a 90 mph sinker from Tampa Bay left-hander Cesar Ramos in the fifth inning of Friday’s contest and initially stayed in the game to run the bases, with first base coach Mick Kelleher waving off the training staff.
By the time Granderson reached third base, television cameras caught him grimacing and flexing. Manager Joe Girardi and assistant trainer Mark Littlefield visited Granderson at third base and he stayed in long enough to score on Jayson Nix’s RBI walk.
Granderson appeared unable to put his batting glove back on his left hand and left for the clubhouse after scoring. X-rays were taken at Tropicana Field, revealing the fracture, and he was replaced in right field by Ichiro Suzuki.
It has been a rough year for Granderson, who missed the first six weeks of the regular season after suffering a fractured right forearm when he was hit by a pitch in the Yanks’ first Spring Training game on Feb. 24. Granderson was playing in just his eighth big league game of the year.
The fracture is the same one that Alex Rodriguez suffered last July after being hit by a Felix Hernandez pitch in Seattle. Rodriguez missed approximately six weeks.
Chris Stewart was just running the bases here at Tropicana Field, testing that left groin strain that has kept him out of the Yankees’ lineup since May 16 against the Mariners.
It was pretty basic stuff – Stewart ran a few times from home plate to first base, and once from first to third.
More telling: He did so in front of an audience that included Joe Girardi, Rob Thomson, Steve Donohue and Tony Pena, so you know the Yankees are taking this seriously. They’ve been essentially going with one catcher, Austin Romine, for longer than you’d like to.
Stewart’s goal was to be back in the Yankees’ lineup here against the Rays, and you’re not exactly putting him in the lineup for his wheels. As long as he doesn’t tighten up or feel a twinge – he looked fine leaving the field – one would think he could return to action tonight.
NEW YORK – Joba Chamberlain is the latest Yankees player to hit the team’s crowded disabled list.
The right-handed reliever has been placed on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain, the team announced on Thursday.
Chamberlain, 27, had no record and a 3.86 ERA in 10 appearances for New York this season, spanning 9 1/3 innings.
He had permitted four earned runs and 10 hits, walking six and striking out seven. Chamberlain last pitched on Saturday, when he recorded a save in a scoreless ninth inning against the Blue Jays.
The Yankees did not immediately announce a corresponding roster move to replace Chamberlain on the active roster.
New York now has 10 players on their star-studded disabled list, as Chamberlain joins Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira, Ivan Nova, Michael Pineda, Cesar Cabral, Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Youkilis.