It’s been a fairly hectic day, as you can probably imagine. Probably the highlight of the Derek Jeter pregame press conference came when someone mentioned that Jeter played pretty well immediately after his previous DL stint. The question wasn’t even finished and Jeter kind of shook his head.
“Damn,” he muttered.
As you probably know, Jeter hates the idea of being jinxed. It’s kind of a running joke between him and the media, so the very notion of someone telling him he played well the last time he came off the disabled list, naturally made Jeter believe he’d just been jinxed into a slow start this time.
Same thing when asked if he felt close to 3,000 hits now that he’s playing again and only six away.
“I don’t even want to say,” he said. Because it felt close before I got hurt and it’s been three weeks. Three weeks between hits. It doesn’t really right now, because my focus has been on getting back and rehabbing, so I haven’t really been focusing on the number of hits. At this moment, no, it doesn’t feel close.”
And maybe that’s a good thing. The milestone is pretty far from Jeter’s mind right now.
“It’s been kind of weird,” he said. “To be quite honest, now I just want to go out and play. I’m not going to be thinking about it today. I don’t like to jinx myself, but hopefully if I get a few hits one of these days, then I’ll think about it when I get a little bit closer. At this point, I just want to go out and play a game because I haven’t played in a while.”
• Joe Girardi said he hasn’t decided whether Jeter will play all three of these games. He’ll check with Jeter after each game and make a decision day-by-day depending on how Jeter feels.
• Will getting 3,000 hits at home factor into Jeter’s playing time? “I want him to get to 3,000 as soon as he can,” Girardi said. “I’m going to manage him more from a physical standpoint than the 3,000 hits standpoint.”
• Robinson Cano confirmed that he’ll participate in the Home Run Derby. David Ortiz asked him to do it, and Cano said yes. Girardi said he has no problem with Cano participating.
• Still no player move for Jeter, but Girardi said pregame that Eduardo Nunez is available off the bench. The hamstring, though, is still a mild concern. Girardi said he’ll be “still cautious” about the way he uses Nunez.
• Girardi indicated that Ivan Nova will make his first Triple-A start on Thursday instead of Wednesday. “We’re going to give him an extra day because he has to travel,” Girardi said.
• Speaking of Triple-A: Jesus Montero was a late scratch from the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre lineup. He has a back/side issue.
• Just a reminder, tonight’s first pitch is at 6:35 p.m. Kind of an unusual start time.
Michael Brantley LF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Travis Hafner DH
Carlos Santana C
Grady Sizemore CF
Orlando Cabrera 2B
Lonnie Chisenhall 3B
Shelley Duncan 1B
Austin Kearns RF
Associated Press photos