Fans that bought tickets to see Derek Jeter tonight are going to be pretty disappointed when they find out he’s not in the lineup. Instead, Brendan Ryan, who the Yankees re-signed to a two-year contract during the offseason, will make his first start of 2014 after missing approximately a month due to a back issue. Ryan doesn’t seem to mind being the backup shortstop to Derek Jeter, especially since Jeter is in his final season with the Yankees and although he considers it an honor, he knows that there’s also a job to do.
“It’s something I couldn’t have probably ever dreamed of,” he said. “I don’t want to make too much of it, because I just want to focus on playing baseball. I’m sure I’ll realize how cool it was more accurately after it’s over.”
While Ryan plays shortstop tonight, Jeter will be on the bench, resting in the middle game of a three game series. While he’d rather be out on the field (he tried talking his way into the lineup to no avail), he understands why Joe Girardi is giving him the day off.
“I don’t have very many days off,” Jeter said. “I don’t like them, that’s the bottom line, but I get it. Sometimes (I feel the benefit).”
Girardi on the other hand is placed in a tough situation; there are fans that want to see Derek Jeter in his final season, but he also has to remember that the team and Jeter’s well-being comes first.
“I’m in a no-win situation,” Girardi said. “I have to do what’s best for the team and what’s best for the player. And I understand people want to see him. I want to see him. It’s a difficult situation, because I’m sure people bought tickets for tonight. For that, I’m sorry if the bought tickets just to come see Derek. But CC is pitching. I know they love CC! But It’s a tough situation because I have to manage what’s best for everyone.”
Well, like Girardi said…at least they’ll get CC Sabathia tonight.
— Girardi confirmed Brian Roberts will have the day off tomorrow so don’t be alarmed if he’s not in there. He just didn’t want to rest Jeter and Roberts on the same day.
— Adam Warren will pitch tonight if needed. Warren’s low pitch count influenced Girardi’s decision to use him.
— Shawn Kelley says his back feels much better today, but Girardi is going to rest him for one more day. There’s a good chance he’ll pitch tomorrow.
— The Milwaukee Brewers are going to honor Jeter before tomorrow’s game. Jeter already received a paddle board (Angels) and some cowboy boots (Astros) on his farewell tour. I’m interested to see what the Brewers give Jeter. I’m still hoping someone gives Jeter a rocking chair made of bats–just saying.
— Here are today’s “Stat Pack” notes!
1) The Yankees have a Major League-best .692 winning pct. (9-4) in games decided by two-or-fewer runs.
2) The Yankees are 8-0 this season when leading after the first inning and 11-15 in
all other games… after three innings, are 17-5 when leading (11-4) or tied (6-1) and just 2-10 when trailing at that point.
3) Yangervis Solarte leads all Yankees batters with 18RBI, marking the third-highest total among all Major League rookies (Chicago-AL’s Jose Abreu-37, Detroit’s
Nick Castellanos-19)… leads all qualifying MLB rookies with a .304 (31-for-102) batting average and a .387 OBP.