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It has been eight months and 28 days since Derek Jeter last played in a Major League game. That long wait, it appears, is about to be over.
Jeter has been added to the Yankees’ roster for Thursday’s 1:05 p.m. ET game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium, ending his Minor League rehabilitation stint. The game will be Jeter’s first since he fractured his left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last season.
Jeter had been scheduled to DH for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, but the Yankees decided to push Jeter’s return up a day after Travis Hafner bruised his left foot hitting in the batting cages on Wednesday evening. Jeter played in four Minor League games, three at shortstop and one at DH, and went 1-for-9 with four walks and three strikeouts.
Jeter will serve as the Yankees’ DH against Kansas City’s Ervin Santana.
Here’s some commentary from Yankees manager Joe Girardi:
On having Jeter back: “It’s nice. It has been a long time. We were expecting it to be Opening Day but he had the setback where he had the new fracture. it’s really nice to be able to put him in the lineup.”
On expectations for Jeter: “We’re not exactly sure. We always expect Derek to play at a high level. But the situation that happened last night with the two guys, one fouling a ball off his foot and the other guy getting hit by a picth, and not sure of the availability of them today, talked to Cash after the game last night, he called Derek to see how he was, and he said great, of course, and so wer’re going to use him as a DH today.”
On playing Jeter at shortstop: “We might have to work to that a little bit, because he has not really been extended in the field, but the situation kind of called for it. It’s kind of the same thing that happened with Nunie in a sense. The situation called for it. There’s one thing that you can’t predict, you can’t predict what was going to happen last night with two of our guys, so I’m not so sure exactly how we’ll do it over the next few days, but we’ve got to be smart about it.”
Here’s Yankees GM Brian Cashman:
On Jeter’s readiness “He’ll finish his rehab off in the big leagues. The roster changes that occurred in the game last night made us do some adjustments along the way, obviously with Hafner going down primarily. Derek was scheduled to DH tonight in Scranton, so when we lost Hafner on a day-to-day situation, right away the thought popped into my head. Had a phone conversation with Gene Michael who was in Scranton. He said he’s moving around well. He looks really good. He hadn’t completed the whole profile we had setup for him in his rehab. I had been staying in touch with Derek. He feels good. The Gardner circumstance too so now Joe is in a situation approaching today in a day game where you lose Gardy as he’s day-to-day, you lose Travis, so Vernon Wells goes out into the outfield. It was just an obvious situation where he can DH tonight in Scranton or he can DH today in New York. Might as well bring him in and DH him in New York. I talked to Derek last night. Got him on the phone probably around 11:15, 11:30 as I was driving home. All I had to hear from him was, ‘Hey, I’m ready.’ And he said that. I said, ‘All right, well, head on back.’”
On Jeter’s excitement: “He’s not an excitable guy. Everyone knows this is where he needs to be, so I think he was just waiting. He knew the game plan, but I also talked to him earlier in the week and said it could be sooner. And it turned out that way based on the circumstances of last night’s game here in the Bronx.”
On expectations for Jeter: “I don’t have any. Bottom line is, Derek, he’s one of the all-time competitors. He’s healthy. He’s moving around well. He’ll have his days when he really helps us. He’ll have other days where obviously the opposing pitcher will dominate those at-bats. That’s the way this stuff works. He’s going to be competing on a daily basis against those opposing pitchers and providing the defense. More times than not, he’ll be extremely good for us. That’s just the nature of the beast. We’re better with him here, period. Regardless of what today’s outcome is. Given the circumstances that occurred yesterday, it’s just better for us to be in a position to run him out here today than hold him off. I know we have some weather issues that could affect us here as well as Scranton. I’d rather have him deal with sitting around and whether he’s going to play or not play in the Bronx vs. Scranton.”
We will never be able to refer to Derek Jeter as “the 38-year-old Yankees captain” again. Not accurately, anyway. And by the way, if we know there’s one thing Jeter absolutely loves discussing, it’s his age and getting older.
This from the Associated Press, as Jeter celebrates his 39th birthday today at the club’s complex in Tampa, Fla.:
Derek Jeter was greeted by balloons and silver tinsel decorating the parking-lot fence when he arrived at the Yankees’ minor league complex on his birthday.
The New York captain turned 39 Wednesday as he kept up his rehab program for a broken left ankle, an injury originally sustained last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener.
A group of around 30 fans and autograph dealers held homemade signs wishing the shortstop a happy birthday, and they cheered when Jeter drove into the complex.
U.S. Coast Guard veteran Juan Rivero brought an oversized birthday card, calling Jeter ”the greatest player of my generation.”
Jeter smiled and waved as he walked into the clubhouse.
Now, a suggestion for the comments: What is your favorite Derek Jeter moment?
Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter addressed the media today at Yankee Stadium, making his first public comments since the team announced that he had suffered a new fracture in his surgically repaired left ankle. The Yankees have said that Jeter is expected to return after the All-Star break, and while the captain said that he isn’t announcing his timetable to get back in the lineup, he has a date in mind that is probably sooner than that.
Here are some highlights from the first part of Jeter’s press conference. We’ll have complete coverage coming up on MLB.com and Yankees.com.
Difficulty of this process:
“It’s been a difficult process. It’s been a frustrating process. Just when you think you’re close to coming back, then you have a setback. It’s part of the healing process. When you get hurt, it’s supposed to take time. It’s supposed to take time when you break a bone. Unfortunately, it has taken more time than I anticipated.”
Any doubt you will come back this season:
“No, no doubt. When you have doubt, that’s when you’re in trouble. I’ve been told this bone will heal and when it heals I’ll be ready to go. It’s frustrating that I can’t magically make it heal sooner than it’s taking, but I have no doubt I’ll be back.”
Idea of timeline:
“I’m not getting into a timeline. The last timeline I set, I didn’t make. I don’t want to disappoint myself or anyone else. Whenever it heals, I’ll be back, I guess that’s the best way to put it.”
When did this happen?:
“It’s the same bone but it’s in a different spot. I’m not exactly sure when I did it. When we took the CT scans before spring training started, the bone had healed. I’m not one to complain about something being sore, so you just go out there and play, which I did. It just never went away. I wasn’t able to run. I wasn’t able to do things that I wanted to do. I had it checked out again and that’s when they found out that it was fractured again. I would assume it has probably been like that for quite some time, but that’s just an assumption. There’s no way to tell.”
March 19 game at Clearwater?:
“I don’t know. Maybe, yeah, but I’d just be guessing. If I was going to assume I’d say yeah, but once again it’s just an assumption. Unless you took the test at that particular time, it’s impossible to know. I knew something was wrong but if it’s not broken, then I’ll play. I guess it was broken.”
Regret setting the Opening Day timeline?:
“No, I don’t. My job is to be ready for Opening Day. I feel like I didn’t do my job. My job was to be ready; unfortunately I wasn’t. No, I don’t regret it, because I think you have to set goals to try to reach those goals. I’m never one to just sit back and have a lot of patience when it comes to anything being wrong. No, I don’t regret it. I regret that the bone didn’t heal, but not setting a date – no.”
Glad they found something?:
“I know my body. I knew something was wrong. I can’t say I’m glad they found something; I wish they didn’t find something, but all the things that we thought it was, it wasn’t. I knew something was wrong. I can play if something is in pain. You guys know I don’t like talking about injuries. You either play or you don’t. I don’t enjoy this press conference here, but I have to talk about it because I’m not playing. I knew something was wrong because it’s not just tendinitis or stiffness. There’s something wrong that was making it unable for me to play. We found out it was because it was broke.”
Think the problem was caused by impatience?:
“I don’t think so, because when I took the tests, I believe I had two CT scans before I actually got on the field and started doing things. Both of them said the bone had healed. Once the bone has healed you can move forward. Something happened. I don’t know what happened, I wish I could explain it. No one can really give me a definite explanation for it but once it heals I’m going to be right back at it and come back as soon as I can. I guess the best way to put it is, I don’t know what happened. I really don’t know what happened. But I don’t think I pushed it too hard. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t, but I don’t know.”
A few quick updates to share from the Yankees clubhouse as they prepare for tonight’s game against the Rays at Tropicana Field:
- Kevin Youkilis is still having treatment on his sore back and is not expected to play until Thursday at Yankee Stadium. Joe Girardi said they won’t ask Youkilis to come to the bench during tonight’s game so he can keep receiving treatment, but Youkilis’ back is supposedly getting better. He did not appear in the clubhouse this afternoon. The Yankees are again playing Jayson Nix at third base and Lyle Overbay at first base against left-hander David Price.
- Mark Teixeira is still taking only dry swings, and said that his right wrist hasn’t loosened up enough to permit him to move on to batting practice. Teixeira said he feels like the wrist is healed, but acknowledges he won’t make it back for May 1st. Teixeira’s initial time frame of the injury was eight to 10 weeks, so May 1st would’ve been about the earliest possible date, but Teixeira still believes he is on track to play in the big leagues during the month of May.
- Ben Francisco has struggled in his role as the DH against left-handed pitching, but Girardi said that he will stick with him, saying that he believes “Francisco has hit some balls pretty decent.” That said, Girardi acknowledges how much the lineup misses guys like Derek Jeter and Teixeira against lefties.
- Brennan Boesch is likely to be in tomorrow’s lineup as Girardi plans to give Vernon Wells a day off.
- Jeter is expected to rejoin the Yankees on Thursday in New York and will talk to the media at Yankee Stadium. Girardi said that he believes Jeter has been fitted for a walking boot on his left ankle again.
Curtis Granderson is in New York for a checkup on his right wrist and shagged fly balls today at Yankee Stadium, and he’s also taking part in a charity event at a Brooklyn high school tomorrow morning.
We’ll have those updates on Yankees.com shortly, but I wanted to pass along Granderson’s scouting report on Derek Jeter’s progress since updates have become a bit scarce — even Joe Girardi has stopped asking for Jeter’s daily progress report, saying, “I’m not going to actively seek it out every day. It’s kind of a pain in the rear end.”
That seems to suggest that Jeter isn’t close to getting into any games, and Girardi said he didn’t know what Jeter did today. But Granderson offered a more encouraging take on how the captain has looked down at the club’s Minor League complex in Tampa:
“He’s looking good. Our schedules don’t always mix, but the one day which was a physically difficult day for us, he was taking batting practice that day and the ball was going all over the place. He was driving it well to left field, to right field, to center field, and I got a lot of work that day out there shagging when him and his group were hitting. That’s a good sign. In terms of all his throwing and running and all that good stuff, I don’t see that all the time, but I did see his hitting that day and it all looked really good.”