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Pregame notes: “My job is to try and be ready on Opening Day”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 21, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

To absolutely no one’s surprise, Derek Jeter said today that he still believes he will be ready for Opening Day. He refused to call this week’s ankle soreness a setback and said he wouldn’t see any point in opening the season on the disabled list.

“It’s normal,” Jeter said. “This is what’s supposed to happen. It’s not going to go away. It’s not going to just magically disappear if I take off two days or three days. It’s something you’ve got to deal with. … My job is to try and be ready on Opening Day, and that’s what I’m going to continue to do.”

General manager Brian Cashman said he doesn’t expect Jeter to play in another major league game this spring. By restricting Jeter’s playing time to minor league games, the Yankees will be able to backdate a potential DL assignment so that Jeter only has to miss roughly the first week of the season — back as early as April 6 – not the first 15 days.

Jeter said he expects to resume baseball activities tomorrow (I assume that means grounders and batting practice, not playing in a game). He said yesterday’s cortisone shot has already made a difference. Jeter also said he does not need to play a full nine-inning game in spring training. He can be limited to five or six innings in the spring and still be ready for nine innings in the opener.

“Five innings, nine innings, I don’t think it really makes a difference,” Jeter said. “If you’re out there, you can play nine innings. It’s not like in the sixth inning you start getting tired. It’s not basketball or running around a track. It’s baseball. Like I told you before, I don’t think I’ve played nine innings in a spring training game in years anyway, so I don’t really think that makes a difference.”

• Phil Hughes said he will pitch in a minor league game tomorrow. That means the Yankees are giving him only three days off after Monday’s short sim game (something Joe Girardi had previously mentioned as a possibility). Hughes continues to make steady progress after that back injury that shut him down earlier this spring.

• Robinson Cano is obviously back in Yankees camp. He said he actually feels rested after the World Baseball Classic, and he clearly loved being a part of the tournament. Looks like Cano will play back-to-back games right away because he’s scheduled to make tomorrow’s road trip to Fort Myers.

• Lefty Juan Cedeno is also back in Yankees camp after leaving for the WBC.

• Cashman said he wasn’t sure, but Chien-Ming Wang might throw a bullpen today at the minor league complex. Wang’s audition for Yankees scouts will include more than one bullpen, so it’s not going to be a one-day thing. The Yankees are deciding whether it’s worth signing Wang as a Triple-A starter.

• Clay Rapada said he’s still on track to try to throw a bullpen off flat ground this weekend.

• Boone Logan is scheduled to get in another game today. Dave Robertson is scheduled to throw on back-to-back days for the first time this spring. There will also be a Mariano Rivera sighting today.

• Catcher Bobby Wilson played in a Triple-A game today, but he’s still in big league camp and will make tomorrow’s trip to Fort Myers.

• Adam Warren and Shawn Kelley are throwing sides today. CC Sabathia, Vidal Nuno and Joba Chamberlain are each scheduled to throw sides tomorrow.

Today’s second string: C Austin Romine, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Gil Velazquez, SS Walter Ibarra, 3B Ronnier Mustelier, LF Addison Maruszak, CF Melky Mesa, RF Thomas Neal

Today’s scheduled relievers: Mariano Rivera, Dave Robertson, Boone Logan, David Aardsma

• Tomorrow’s travel squad
Pitchers: Preston Claiborne, Jim Miller, Ivan Nova, Branden Pinder, Josh Spence
Catchers: Chris Stewart, Bobby Wilson
Infielders: Robinson Cano, Travis Hafner, Walter Ibarra, Dan Johnson, Corban Joseph, Addison Maruszak, Eduardo Nunez, Jose Pirela, Gil Velazquez
Outfielders: Brennan Boesch, Ben Francisco, Melky Mesa, Ronnier Mustelier, Thomas Neal, Juan Rivera

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31 Responses to “Pregame notes: “My job is to try and be ready on Opening Day””

  1. Rich in NJ March 21st, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    I think his job is to not play until the risk of further physical issues is reduced to the greatest degree possible. Opening Day isn’t that important in and of itself, although I understand why he may think that it is.

  2. charlestonchew March 21st, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Looks like Musty will make the team as a platoon DH/backup OF along with Boesch. I think that leaves Francisco out of the picture, but I could be wrong.

  3. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 4:09 pm

    Hahahaha.. mac! I just saw this!

    austinmac March 21st, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    Shame, you want Chad to wear rouge? That is not rogueish.

    Damn autocorrect.. I wonder how I initially spelled it!

  4. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 4:12 pm

    @MarcCarig

    Wright named captain.

    —————

    Better late than never I suppose. Yay Wright!

  5. Russell Munson March 21st, 2013 at 4:14 pm

    Take it to the Lohud Mets blog. They could use the traffic.

  6. KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    i would, but don’t want to be in Mets jail

  7. mick March 21st, 2013 at 4:27 pm

    I have more faith in Musty than Rivera. The problem is that they don’t have a lefty, which would have been more than the various righties they got. Oh well.
    =======================================
    They are a work in progress and will dumpster dive once more.
    They just find a lefty 1B or 3B.

  8. Russell Munson March 21st, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    I had the impression Juan Rivera was forcing his way onto the team with his hitting, but he’s only hitting .289/.304/.378. I think Musty belongs over him.

  9. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:25 pm

    i would, but don’t want to be in Mets jail

    ————-

    Is the Mets blog like the LoHud version of Guantanamo Bay…?

  10. Hassey March 21st, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    It is starting to smell awfully Musty in here…could one of you at least warn us and open a window?

  11. KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Is the Mets blog like the LoHud version of Guantanamo Bay…?
    —————————-
    Possibly. I was referring to the screenshot between JF and the Hitman. Couldn’t remember if it was Mets jail or hell either way was pretty funny. Crude attempt of joke on my part.

  12. KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:43 pm

    I thought I read a few days ago on the tweets to the right side of the screen that Musty had swelling in his leg. Is he over that or am I misremembering

  13. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    KPB,

    The swelling kept him out of yesterday’s game, but it was a day to day thing.

  14. KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:50 pm

    Thanks JF. I was hoping he’d have some more chances at 3rd to see if they’d consider taking him north.

  15. PacoDooley March 21st, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Interesting to see that ESPN (BBTN) has Phelps listed as the 350th best player in the league, making him above average:

    http://espn.go.com/mlb/story/_.....os-301-400

    and well above some interesting players, like Olt (who appears at number 412).

    Where will Cano end up? I am guessing 8-10.

  16. UnKnown March 21st, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    Pretty impressed by Robbie getting right back in there again for what looks like back to backers. Nice leadership Robbie.

  17. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Pretty impressed by Robbie getting right back in there again for what looks like back to backers. Nice leadership Robbie.

    There has been a lot of talk about Cano being a huge leader for the DR team, could be the guy to step up after Jeter goes.

  18. Russell Munson March 21st, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    “Interesting to see that ESPN (BBTN) has Phelps listed as the 350th best player in the league, making him above average:”

    I’d be more impressed if ESPN wasn’t the same experts who had 50 out of 50 people pick the Red Sox to win the AL East in 2011.

  19. blake March 21st, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    Cool that the mets named Wright team Captain…..but can we please stop calling him Captain America…..he got hurt and they didnt even make the semis……woukd have been cool had they won but the moment has passed

  20. Shame Spencer March 21st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    KPB March 21st, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    Is the Mets blog like the LoHud version of Guantanamo Bay…?
    —————————-
    Possibly. I was referring to the screenshot between JF and the Hitman. Couldn’t remember if it was Mets jail or hell either way was pretty funny. Crude attempt of joke on my part.

    —————–

    Lol, no you’re right it is Mets jail!! I’m just saying it would surprise me to see more of our LoHud Yankee refugees over there going forward. (I posted the screen shot ;) )

  21. blake March 21st, 2013 at 5:00 pm

    “There has been a lot of talk about Cano being a huge leader for the DR team, could be the guy to step up after Jeter goes.”

    Or he could lead Hanley on the dodgers

  22. waka flocka March 21st, 2013 at 5:02 pm

    someone needs to tell Jeter that this whole “I will play through any injury!!” shtick is detrimental to the team. the Yankees need to put their foot down and say enough is enought, you’re resting

  23. Duh Innings II March 21st, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    I think this is the final season for Jeter as a Yankee.

    The ONLY way I see him coming back is if he accepts a one year $5M deal (so the Yanks still pay him $8M total / the amount equal to his 2014 player’s option as Jeter will most likely decline it and make the $3M buyout), but I think he will turn that offer down and sign with Detroit to be their 2B if he’s willing to move there or SS. Omar Infante and Jhonny Peralta were healthy all year last year but their slashlines were bad (Infante’s .274/.300/.419/.719 and Peralta’s .239/.305/.384/689.) I don’t see both guys having 2013s better than their 2012s.

    I could see the Tigers jumping at the chance to snatch Jeter from the Yanks even if it means overpaying for him by money and/or years as after all, he’s still Jeter at least in name. It’d be kind of a homecoming for Jeter considering Kalamazoo, MI was his second childhood home after Pequannock, NJ. He’d certainly be a gate draw and let’s think about it. Infante…Jeter, Peralta…Jeter. Jeter wins by a landslide over either guy.

    What’s interesting is Infante and Peralta are in their walk years for $4M and $6M respectively this season, so the Tigers could theoretically let go of both guys and use that $10M cleared to sign Jeter for 2014 or put it towards a two-year deal for Jeter.

    Jeter The Tiger? ‘Could be.

  24. Duh Innings II March 21st, 2013 at 5:10 pm

    No way the Yanks offer Jeter two or more years or Jeter accepts a one-year deal, so this will be Jeter’s final season as a Yankee unless he swallows his pride and either picks up his 2014 player’s option for $8M or declines it, makes the $3M buyout, and takes a year and $5M so he still makes $8M for 2014. Or the Yanks give him a one-year $12-17M deal so he’s still among the top earning shortstops at least for another year.

  25. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    If Jeter declines his option he still counts as 9 million against the 2014 luxury tax payroll, in addition to any new contracts. He makes 9.5 million if he accepts his option, and will count as 15.5 million against the luxury tax.

  26. blake March 21st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    We really should have a word limit for posts…..like not as small as twitter but less than novel length

  27. blake March 21st, 2013 at 5:18 pm

    Like 250 characters or something

  28. waka flocka March 21st, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    you’re out of your mind if you think Jeter wears another uniiform. for better or worse he is here for good

  29. Jerkface March 21st, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    And why would Jeter decline his option only to sign for less than the option is worth? Your obsession with adding up the numbers is a strange one.

  30. Rich in NJ March 21st, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    “We really should have a word limit for posts….”

    “Like 250 characters or something”

    My eyes divert their gaze at less.

  31. Rich in NJ March 21st, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    *avert*

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