At the time of his injury, which came during a June 13 game against the Indians, Jeter said he was concerned about being ready before the end of his DL stint. But a little more than a week into his stay on the disabled list, Jeter has still not been cleared to throw or hit.
Though he has played catch and has thrown long toss off flat ground at the team’s Tampa complex, as he did once again today, Jeter is still feeling pain in his calf.
“It’s improving, but it’s not resolved,” Cashman said.
It’s hard to really miss Derek Jeter. His absense has given Brett Gardner and Nick Swisher a chance to thrive at the top of the order. It has also given a chance to Eduardo Nunez who is doing pretty well with it, hitting .290 with a .805 OPS in the nine games that he’s been gone.
It’s not to say that the Yankees are better off without Jeter. He’s still a smart ball player who is playing close to league average defense. Meanwhile Nunez is the exact opposite, a young player prone to rookie mistakes who is far from proven himself defensively (and that’s putting it nicely). Just with Joe Girardi insisting to use Jeter as a leadoff hitter, there is no use rushing him. Although I am looking forward to seeing him hit 3,000.