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Saturday morning notes: Jeter expected to DH in minor league game

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Mar 23, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

The Yankees who are not making today’s trip to Lakeland just walked out of the dugout and into right field for morning stretch. When they’re loose, the players will go through the usual workout routine — batting practice, fielding drills — before most of them call it a day.

Derek Jeter will still have more work to do.

“He’s going to go out and take ground balls,” Joe Girardi said. “We’ll see how he is. If he’s OK, we’ll have him probably DH in a minor league game.”

As I understand it, the minor league staff is fully expecting Jeter to be there. It will be a surprise if Jeter doesn’t get a few minor league at-bats today. Girardi said he’s still not sure when Jeter will get in the field again, but he does want Jeter to play shortstop in back-to-back games before feeling comfortable putting him on the Opening Day roster.

“I think that’s probably important to do,” Girardi said. “See how he physically feels and how he’s moving. Does he come back sore, to the point where he was the other day (against) Philadelphia. He just really had a hard time getting loose. I think we need to see that.”

• Brennan Boesch went to the doctor. The vague diagnosis as given by Girardi: “He’s OK.” The plan is for Boesch to sit out today and tomorrow, plus the Monday off day, before playing either Tuesday or Wednesday.

• Jeter is jogging during conditioning drills, if that means anything.

• David Adams is scheduled to play in a Triple-A game today. It will be his first game of the spring.

• Girardi on the catching situation: “I would say we’re a little bit clearer. We still have this last week to evaluate it. I don’t necessarily have an exact plan how I want to do it. I think during the season, you’ve got to see how these guys are doing basically, how it’s working out on a daily basis before we really jump into it.”

• Girardi said he doesn’t expect to make most of the roster decisions — first base, right-handed outfielder, etc. — until the Army exhibition game, two days before the season opener.

• Ivan Nova, David Phelps, CC Sabathia, Hiroki Kuroda and Phil Hughes are each throwing sides tomorrow. Weird that almost the entire rotation would throw on the same day, but that’s how it’s listed in the clubhouse.

Today’s second string: C Bobby Wilson, 1B Dan Johnson, 2B Gil Velazquez, SS Addison Maruszak, 3B Jose Pirela, LF Ronnier Mustelier, CF Melky Mesa, RF Thomas Neal

Today’s scheduled relievers: Cody Eppley, Jim Miller, Josh Spence, Branden Pinder, Shawn Kelley

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11 Responses to “Saturday morning notes: Jeter expected to DH in minor league game”

  1. Jerkface March 23rd, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Will be at the game, got some tix for 10 bux.

  2. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 10:27 am

    yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 10:24 am
    Yeah, CoJo can’t field; Adams doesn’t have 3B pop, and Mesa can’t hit curveballs. This has been true for the past 3 years and continues to be true. And then elite prospects like Brad Suttle who could play on both sides of the ball never made it back from shoulder surgeries. It is what it is. The next wave should have a little more diversity and give us better options. Still the Yankee fill-in/dumpster diving wasn’t the only option if they hadn’t put all their eggs in one basket.

    Norris will be at game, shooting videos.

    JF, cool. I will be at work but will look in for reports.

  3. jacksquat March 23rd, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Who needs Jeter? Just find a way to get The Savior back from Seattle and all the Yankees’ problems will be solved.

  4. dan l March 23rd, 2013 at 10:49 am


    You seem down on Adams because of lacking pop? I am down on him over health not pop. If Adams could stay healthy I like what he would bring to third. Good BA and OBP. He should be able to hit at least .280 which would be better then all but 2 teams. He should be able to manage a .350 OBP which which would tie for 3rd best last year.

    The Yankees averaged 1.54 runs per homerun hit last year. If Adams can manage 13-17 homeruns he should get a chance to show what he can do. I think after a couple of years he’ll approach 20 and that is more then enough with how the game has changed.

  5. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 10:56 am

    dan l, that’s a misreading; I am not down on Adams at all. He is a very good hitter. I just wonder if the Yanks will think that his bat plays at 3rd base, especially with the sudden lack of pop elsewhere in the lineup. I expect they will give him a shot anyway to at least back up sometime this year, but… over the long haul, if they aren’t getting pop elsewhere, I don’t know if they would go with a player with a .450ish SLG. Also he can’t be a versatile backup in that his D is adequate but not great and he can only spell you at 2B and 3B, but I actually think he has a very advanced bat generally.

  6. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 10:58 am

    If Jeet retires and we don’t replace his SS production, and we continue to esteem no hit catchers, how can you afford to have a 3B that doesn’t give you more SLG?

  7. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 10:59 am

    Should read *when Jeet retires…

  8. J. Alfred Prufrock March 23rd, 2013 at 11:02 am

    They can’t be too prescriptive about positions and convention.

    They’ve carved up the lineup so much since 2010, they need to take their hits from where they can. Unless they go out and make a big trade.

  9. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Pruf, I am thinking more long term. Also don’t see Adams as a 20HR guy. But park factor at Trenton did suppress his home stats. He is an over .900 OPS player on the road.

  10. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 11:05 am

    Again, I like Adams a lot but if we don’t resign Cano, I can’t see him at 3B with a guy with less pop than Robi at 2B. We suddenly have no real power at all until the next wave.

  11. yankeefeminista March 23rd, 2013 at 11:07 am

    Adams is more of a doubles/gap power type.

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