No big news today so we’ll start with Derek Jeter. Yesterday I mentioned that he could start the season on the DL and that looks even more likely today.
Jeter is done playing in Grape Fruit League games and if he does play again before the season starts it’ll be with one of the minor league squads. The reason the Yankees are doing it this way is that if he can’t get ready in time for the season they can back date his time on the DL. That way he’ll only be forced to sit out four games rather than the typical 15.
For what it’s worth, Jeter is expected to begin baseball activities today. That doesn’t mean he’ll play in a game though and Joe Girardi said that he wants Jeter to play a full nine innings before he would activate him for a regular season game.
All of this probably is good news that they are talking about him missing a maximum of four games if he indeed can’t start on time. As I’ve said all along though, the problem is that this is a sign the soon to be 39-year-old could be dealing with a lingering ankle problem all season. It’ll probably go through cycles where he has good months and bad months followed by cortisone shots and then the cycle starts over again.
So get ready because even if Jeter can stay off the DL for most of the year I would say it’s safe to assume that Eduardo Nunez, or somebody (Ronny Cedeno?), will have to play more games at shortstop than anybody besides Jeter since Tony Fernandez. Jeter, of course, will pick up a lot of at bats as the DH though.
• Teams have called the Yankees to ask about dealing for David Phelps, but Cashman says, “I’m not looking to move him. I’m looking to move the bad stuff, stuff that can’t be moved.” Might explain why there have been no trades.
• Speaking of Campos, he’s pain-free and the Yankees still haven’t decided if he’ll start in Low-A or High-A.