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“I mean, he broke his ankle less than six months ago”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 20, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Last time the Yankees opened a season without Derek Jeter was 2001, when Jeter strained his quad and Luis Sojo took his place. The time before that was 1995, when Jeter was in the minors and Tony Fernandez was still playing up the middle.

“I didn’t think there would be any doubt (about this season),” Andy Pettitte said. “But (Jeter) hadn’t been out there standing up on it, moving around and running around on it, and there’s no way to duplicate that except to go out there and do it. I know he’s frustrated. I know this is tough. It’s a surgery; I had to do it with my elbow. There’s stuff all around where the surgery is that you have to get all those muscles and tendons back in shape because you don’t use them. I think the doctors are saying that everything is good, so it’s just the process of getting everything strong and where it needs to be. Hopefully he doesn’t have any problems with it after he gets past that hurdle.”

No doubt about it, today was a setback for Jeter, but I’m not sure it came out of the blue. News of a cortisone shot and a potential stint on the disabled list served as a reminder of the task at hand; a reminder that Jeter is a 38-year-old shortstop who broke his ankle in October and spent much of the winter just trying to get healthy enough to walk around.

“I mean, he broke his ankle less than six months ago,” CC Sabathia said. “Would you like to have him out there? Of course. But realistically, if he’s not, I think him being healthy in the long run is what we look for. Him being healthy Game 1 of the playoffs, or (all of) October, is better than him being healthy for Opening Day.”

Jeter on Opening Day was never a sure thing, not matter how confident Jeter sounded every time he discussed it.

“We’ll have to see how he’s responding,” Brian Cashman said. “Hell, he could come here doing the jig. This guy’s ridiculous. … At this stage, I just don’t know, so all I can do is acknowledge that it’s a possibility Opening Day might creep up on us quicker now, given the circumstances, than we would like. But Opening Day is just a date. What’s more important is how he feels and being in a position to do what he’s capable of doing on a consistent basis. Obviously on this particular date and yesterday, that’s not the case yet, but I’m sure the shot’s going to start to do a world of good and then we’ll see where we go from there.”

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33 Responses to ““I mean, he broke his ankle less than six months ago””

  1. MTU March 20th, 2013 at 8:19 pm

    Even as amazing of a person Derek Jeter is I can’t say I’m overly surprised by setbacks.

    He’s not 21. He’s 38. And ankle injuries are difficult in the 1st place.

    Take Dave Adams. When he damaged his ankle it took him more than a yr. to get it all back.

    Ravel Santana tore up his ankle and he is still not 100%.

    Not saying the injuries are the same but there are some paralells.

    It’s gonna take some time.

  2. Doreen March 20th, 2013 at 8:24 pm

    MTU

    Exactly. Opening day was an extremely optimistic goal but it’s a false deadline. I guess we’ve all been conditioned over the years to expect Jeter to bounce back unscathed. So turns out he’s heaven too. Imagine that. ;)

  3. Doreen March 20th, 2013 at 8:25 pm

    Which is not to say I’m not disappointed.

  4. MTU March 20th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    It’s an opportunity for Nunez.

    Is he a SS or not ?

  5. Doreen March 20th, 2013 at 8:27 pm

    Yessiree.

  6. Jerkface March 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    Wouldn’t it be insane if Nunez jeter’d Jeter? It would certainly rank among the all-time surprises in baseball.

  7. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Good evening everyone,

    Doreen… Read your post the other day… Very thoughtful by the way… Maybe I am a little spoiled, you have a point about being happy about those 95 wins, no matter how they got them… My main concern though, wasn’t that season in particular (2012), but rather how the team would perform from that onward… We are heading to a down period that could have been avoided altogether or at least mitigated to a great degree… This is the main beef I have

  8. Sir Harden Thick March 20th, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I watched almost every ST game for the Yankees, and Nunez looks lost at the plate. He has been around 4 years now and I don’t see the offense coming.

  9. ron March 20th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    Jeter has i believe metal plates,and screws in his ankle.
    It is foreign to a body,and it will take time.

  10. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    To be honest…. The moment jeter injured his ankle, I thought that it was a chance to Nunez, that otherwise he would not get… I think he can play… His bat is above avg for a SS, has lots of speed… His only weak point is his defense, but I think that we enough reps and regular play he will overcome them…

    He will never be D Jeter though… Very few players could be compared to him… When he retires, we are going to miss him a great deal… I dare say that even more than Mo… This was a golden era for the Yankees

  11. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:36 pm

    *with* not we sorry

  12. ron March 20th, 2013 at 8:38 pm

    Nunez is horrible defensively,and is decent against lefties,but has a .654 lifetime ops against righties wich hitters face most of the time,and he will be 26 in june.

    Nunez is not the answer.

  13. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:46 pm

    Ron,

    He is not the answer if you are looking for another Derek Jeter… The problem is that there aren’t many players like him… Heck, there aren’t many players like him all time… But if you are looking for a SS, Nunez is better than most SS currently playing , except maybe 3 or 4… But he is cheap, cost controlled and his bat is not bad at all… How many years have the Sux been looking for a replacement to Nomar Garciaparra?… And he is not even in the same vicinity of Jeter ( legacy and talent wise), but he was the anchor of those Red Sox teams.

  14. FiretheUMPIRE March 20th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    If this Nuno guy is for real, maybe the Yankees could conceivably trade Phelps for a bat at some point this year. I mean, all Nuno has to do is establish that he is #5 starter material. It helps that he is a lefty as well. I really don’t see the Yankees trading a cost-controlled starter but at the very least I’d say Hughes could be dealt.

    There is just a ton of depth now with CC, Andy, Kuroda, Pineda, Nova, Phelps, Nuno and Wang.

    That’s 8 starters not including Brett Marshall and Jose Ramirez. Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are an afterthought.

    I’m surprised Hughes is not being shopped (not that we know of).

  15. MG March 20th, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’m flipping back and forth between the Yankees replay on MLBTV and the Knicks game-it’s the 1st time I’ve seen Youk at the plate-he’s really simplified his stance and is much more ready to go after the pitch, he could have a very good bounce back year (and the Yankees could use it).

  16. jacksquat March 20th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    ron March 20th, 2013 at 8:38 pm
    Nunez is horrible defensively,and is decent against lefties,but has a .654 lifetime ops against righties wich hitters face most of the time,and he will be 26 in june.

    Nunez is not the answer.

    In 2012 AL SS on average hit .255/.310/.367. Nunez can and has hit at least that or better.

  17. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    I think Blake posted a tweet that apparently they are talking to everyone about trades

  18. luis March 20th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    JS,

    Thank you… Nunez stats from last season: .292 avg/.330OBP/393 SLG and 723 OPS … For a SS that’s above average

  19. Tar March 20th, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    “Nunez is not the answer.”

    Well if the choices are Nix or Nunez I strongly disagree.

    I will say it’s time for Nunez to show what he’s got. I’ve given many reasons over the months on why he has to this point struggled. But now it’s time to put up or shut. Show everybody you are a Major League Starter. I for one think he will.

  20. luis March 20th, 2013 at 9:07 pm

    Tar,

    Aside from Hanley Ramirez, Elvis Andrus and Sterling Castro… I think Nunez can play the same or better than the rest of the SS currently playing

  21. RadioKev March 20th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Jerkface March 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm
    Wouldn’t it be insane if Nunez jeter’d Jeter? It would certainly rank among the all-time surprises in baseball.
    ———

    Should we be screen capturing this one?

  22. blake March 20th, 2013 at 9:26 pm

    Jerkface March 20th, 2013 at 8:30 pm
    Wouldn’t it be insane if Nunez jeter’d Jeter? It would certainly rank among the all-time surprises in baseball.
    ———

    He’s more likely take a ground ball off his knee cap

  23. Jerkface March 20th, 2013 at 9:29 pm

    He’s more likely take a ground ball off his knee cap

    Thats why it’d be such a shock!

  24. Rich in NJ March 20th, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    We need all the talented players we can get. So I hope Nunez kills it.

    But we still need Jeter.

  25. Tar March 20th, 2013 at 9:36 pm

    Hey Luis

    “Nunez put up one of the best at-bats, given the situation, I have ever seen. Especially with me on the mound,” Verlander said.

    I don’t think that was a fluke. I feel that not only was he “not” intimidated by Verlander or the situation, but he was extremely calm and confident .

    He needs to have that same mentality this year. Like not only do I belong, but I damn good. I’m hoping Gardner goes into this year with that same confidence.

  26. RadioKev March 20th, 2013 at 9:45 pm

    luis March 20th, 2013 at 9:07 pm
    Tar,

    Aside from Hanley Ramirez, Elvis Andrus and Sterling Castro… I think Nunez can play the same or better than the rest of the SS currently playing
    ——–

    Tulo warms a bench real good :)

  27. luis March 20th, 2013 at 9:48 pm

    Tar,

    Yes…. I still remember that at bat… The kid battled until he got a pitch to drive… I agree that they need that kind of swager that you are talking about,,, To be honest, I think they will be all right as long as expectations remain grounded from the team itself and the fans… It’s not easy to wear Jeter shoes

  28. luis March 20th, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    LOL Kev… I knew Iwas forgetting someone!.. Oops! none other than probably the best SS of the league

  29. Rich in NJ March 20th, 2013 at 9:53 pm

    If Nunez makes an error or even a bunch of errors, Girardi has to stand behind him and play him (at least until Jeter is sufficiently recovered), no matter how many fans boo, and no matter how much the media reacts. No mixed messages, no Nix, no nothing.

  30. Tar March 20th, 2013 at 9:54 pm

    “It’s not easy to wear Jeter shoes”

    It really isn’t. I think he tried to do that too much and got himself in trouble. It has to be overwhelming to start at Yankee Stadium in place of Derek Jeter.

    But he has to forget all that and just be himself. Him and Gardner are going to be the rabbits we talked about last year :D .

  31. austinmac March 20th, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    Rich,

    I agree that the job is Nunez’ until Jeter can play it. Show him support and you help him, and virtually everyone else for that matter, as a player. It is tough to fear making an error. He just needs to play and have fun.

  32. RadioKev March 20th, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    luis March 20th, 2013 at 9:50 pm
    LOL Kev… I knew Iwas forgetting someone!.. Oops! none other than probably the best SS of the league
    ——-

    When he’s on the field, definitely. I’m still bitter about last season. I had him on two fantasy teams!

  33. Doreen March 21st, 2013 at 6:22 am

    When Jeter was on the DL in 2011, and Nunez filled in at SS as his regular position (rather than bopping around the infield), he did pretty well if I remember correctly.

    I feel strongly that the Yankees , while they need to continue to explore a trade for “something,” that they need to be very wary and they need to not panic. MLB has been waiting a looooooong time for the Yankees to collapse and you can bet that the prices in trade will be ridiculous. They always were a little higher for the Yankees anyway, but it’s going to be worse now.


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