The Yankees announced on Friday that they have placed Derek Jeter on the disabled list with a Grade 1 right quad strain retroactive to July 12 and have called up infielder Brent Lillibridge to take his place. Jeter is eligible to return on July 27, but quad strains often take longer than two weeks. In reality Jeter will be back sometime in the 2-4 week range.
At least this wasn’t a setback to his ankle injury. This is an injury that could have been avoided. Jeter hadn’t played since last October. He didn’t have a Spring Training. Then after just four rehab games, they called him up to the majors where games are much more intense than minor league games. Just like a pitcher needs to build up his innings, Jeter needed to build up his innings as well and never got that chance. Even when Jeter is ready to return, I’d like to see him get at least a week of rehab down in the minors, but that’s just my thought.
So Jeter has his second setback from injury. Another setback just like Kevin Youkilis, like Mark Teixeira, like Eduardo Nunez, and like Francisco Cervelli. The Yankees have had a lot of players out with injuries and they need to get them back as quickly as possible, but so far their panic has caused them to make almost every situation worse.
Jeter went 1-for-4 with a RBI and run scored in his only game playing as the DH.
Lillibridge has a career slash line of .207/.271/.339. He’s not a major league caliber player, at least offensively. He can and does play every single position except for catcher and pitcher.
NEWS AND NOTES
• Zoilo Almonte is headed to the DL with a left ankle sprain he suffered in Friday’s loss to Boston. Both Melky Mesa and Thomas Neal are being called up, but nobody else has been released or put on the DL yet to make room for both of them.
• The Yankees announced that they have given outfielder Brennan Boesch his unconditional release as he is still out with a shoulder injury. Boesch signed for $1.5 million and hit .275/.302/.529 in just 53 plate appearances.
• The White Sox have signed Travis Ishikawa to a minor league deal. He’s hit .240/.311/.392 in 101 games over the last three seasons.
• Mariano Rivera won the All-Star game MVP. It was really more of a lifetime achievement award than anything else though, but it was a really touching scene watching him at his final midsummer classic appearance.
• Robinson Cano took a 96 mph fastball from Matt Harvey off his right leg during the All-Star game. The Yankees listed him as day-to-day, but he started against the Red Sox on Friday and went 1-for-3 with a walk.
• Darryl Strawberry is trying to shed his baseball player identity and has gotten rid of all of his baseball memorabilia to become an ordained minister near St. Louis. “I’m over Strawberry. I’m over Mets. I’m over Yankees. I don’t want to exist as Darryl Strawberry, the baseball player,” he told Bob Nightengale of USA Today.
• Robinson Cano signed his first endorsement deal, a multi-year deal with Pepsi, since he left Scott Boras and signed with Jay-Z.
• Buy your second half Yankees tickets here.
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