Derek Jeter has made it perfectly clear that he’s not a fan of being the designated hitter. In fact, he said this last night:
“I don’t DH much. You go in the cage between at-bats. That’s about it. It’s not something that I do a lot of. To be honest with you, I’m not sure how people do it. I just run out of things to do.”
Well, for the second day, Derek Jeter is the Yankees DH and Carlos Beltran is once again in the outfield. With tomorrow being an off day, Derek Jeter will see three days off and two days in the DH spot. Will Derek Jeter see more of the DH spot now that Beltran is healthy enough to play defense?
“I don’t know,” Joe Girardi said. “I’ve talked about, now that we’ve got Carlos in the outfield, we could rotate the DH a little bit more. I’ll still DH Carlos plenty, but felt it was a chance to give Jeet a week where he could catch up.”
Girardi also said that these games in Tampa gave him a chance to utilize the DH spot for Jeter since they’re playing on turf, and with Stephen Drew and Martin Prado able to play solid defense in the infield, it was more of the reason for Girardi to make this decision.
“Not thinking too much of it,” Girardi said. “Figure it’s a chance to do it (these two days). Turf can be rough on people. We’re going to get into another long stretch, so I chose to do it that way.”
— Masahiro Tanaka played catch today just a day after throwing a bullpen and all went well. He hopes he can throw a breaking pitch the next bullpen session, but Girardi said the curveball is more likely than the splitter.
— Brian McCann has been activated from the disabled list and is back at catcher. Austin Romine was sent back to Triple-A as the corresponding move. McCann missed more than a week with the concussion but he seems to be feeling much better, and his bat should provide more power to the Yankees lineup.
“It makes (the lineup) deeper, and obviously it’s a guy that has power,” Girardi said. “It’s really good to be able to put him back there because, any time someone goes through something like he went through, we’re always concerned. But he feels good and he’s back in there.”