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Yankees pregame: Jeter speaks

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Apr 25, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter wasn’t giving an inch at his press conference this afternoon. He believes he’ll return this season after his second ankle fracture, and be the player he used to be, and move the way he was moving when he was healthy last season.

His message to you: “To the fans, I’ll be back soon.”

Jeter was in good spirits at the press conference, but he had also received his get-out-of-Tampa card. He said he will be with the team for at least this homestand.

“I’ve been stuck in a training room pretty much for the last, when did the team leave (spring training)? I don’t even know how many weeks I’ve been going to the training room and doing physical therapy and rehab,” Jeter said. “This is the first time I’ve been out of there for quite some time. So I’m happy to be out of there. But, yeah, of course, I keep saying ‘frustrating.’ That’s probably the biggest thing.

“When I got it, it wasn’t good news. I thought I would go up there, when I went to see the doc (last week), I thought he would say it was something different. Tape it up. Let’s go. But it wasn’t the case. It didn’t feel too good for quite some time. I’m laughing and smiling and happy that I’m up here. But I’m still upset that I can’t play.”

The original fracture in the playoffs and the subsequent second fracture — he doesn’t know when he did it after reporting to Tampa — hasn’t made him ponder his baseball mortality.

“Me breaking my ankle wasn’t just because I was getting older,” Jeter said. “I played on something that I probably shouldn’t have played on and it ended up breaking. It wasn’t because of my ‘advanced’ age that my ankle broke. It would be a little different if my body started breaking down. Then you might think about, ‘I don’t know how much longer I can do this.’ But this was just a freak thing that happened. I have to deal with it. If I was 22 years old, I’m pretty sure it would’ve taken some time for it to heal then.”

Jeter wasn’t in a walking boot at the media gathering, but he said he has otherwise been wearing the boot even though he doesn’t think he needs to wear it. He just has to wait for the healing to take its course.

“Right now, there’s really not much I can do,” Jeter said. “I’ll just sort of play it by ear.”

When will he be back? “I have a date in my mind when I’m going to be back,” Jeter said. It’s up to us to guess. He wasn’t saying.

Also, Kevin Youkilis isn’t in the lineup for the fifth straight game because of lower back tightness.

“He tried to take some work in the cage,” Joe Girardi said. “He’s just not ready. I thought it would be today. So hopefully it’s tomorrow. We’ll just go day by day.”

 
 

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32 Responses to “Yankees pregame: Jeter speaks”

  1. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    I hope Jeter and the Yankees are exploring every legal avenue to help heal that ankle.

    Electric bone stimulation and PRP therapy might also help the process.

    :)

  2. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    I wouldn’t mind illegal avenues if they work.

  3. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:13 pm

    Rich-

    You’re a fan but you’re also a lawyer.

    ;)

  4. tucker April 25th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    Speaking of legal avenues, maybe Rich can draft a petition for a temporary restraining order prohibiting Girardi from batting Francisco second. Just about any sane judge would sign off on such an order

  5. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    Chad-

    Any word on Mustelier ?

  6. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    jackamir April 25th, 2013 at 6:07 pm
    Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:00 pm
    I wouldn’t judge anyone at this point based on 3+ weeks, positively or negatively. When h
    healthy, Gardner has been a very good player.
    —————————————————————di—————————
    You don’t have a clue.. Look at the big picture, my friend! He is a very good player!!!! Get off the pipe….

    __

    2009: .270 .345 .379 .724
    2010: .277 .383 .379 .762
    2011: .259 .345 .369 .713 (first half when healthy: .265 .348 .394 .742 )

    2012: .323 .417 .387 .804 (but not healthy, so a SSS)

    Career: .265 .353 .370 .722

    For one of the best defensive CF (or even a LF) in MLB, those are good slash lines.

    15.1 WAR for his career. To get that kind of contribution on the open market would have cost the Yankees tens of millions. Instead, they have paid him $7m including this season.

    For a team with a bloated payroll like the Yankees have, that’s incredibly variable.

    But I realize that some of these contributions are subtle, so if you don’t get it,
    you’re insulting yourself, not me.

  7. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    “Speaking of legal avenues, maybe Rich can draft a petition for a temporary restraining order prohibiting Girardi from batting Francisco second. Just about any sane judge would sign off on such an order”

    Well, enforcement would be problematic, but if players still have the clubhouse kangaroo courts of old, they could fine him!?!?

  8. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 6:26 pm

    Thank Rich

    It’s really tiresome to hear the same grubbage over and over. Probabably throwing Grandy’s stats alongside would dampen the dull roar.

  9. Jerkface April 25th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    Gardner is definitely a starter in the major leagues

  10. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    For those of us who are somewhat statistically challenged.

    WAR is a combination of a player’s Offensive and Defensive capabilities. Is that right ?

    Are they weighted equally ? or is that a dumb question ?

    Thanks in advance. apologies for my ignorance.

  11. jackamir April 25th, 2013 at 6:41 pm

    You are delusional if you think those slash lines are above average or good for a premier position. Why can’t we agree to disagree on Gardner. I strive for more production from CF. Defensively, he gets to balls some others don’t but his arm is average at best!!!

  12. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    Gardner’s am is average but he has one of the quickest releases with high accuracy. Ichiro probably has the strongest arm takes forever to throw.

  13. Pat M. April 25th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Seems to me that the standards that used to be in place for gauging quality Centerfielders has dropped rather quickly ???

  14. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:49 pm

    ” Why can’t we agree to disagree on Gardner. I strive for more production from CF. ”

    Because you keep engaging in gratuitous insults.

  15. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:50 pm

    “Seems to me that the standards that used to be in place for gauging quality Centerfielders has dropped rather quickly ???”

    And that includes Granderson, who shouldn’t be playing CF.

  16. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    Go Jeet!

    Wang’s sinker at 88 in first inning but showing good movement according to the SWB announcers. Also throwing that curveball that we saw last ST.

  17. yankeefeminista April 25th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    Oh, also Adams has another hit. No surprise there.

  18. Locke April 25th, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:36 pm
    For those of us who are somewhat statistically challenged.

    WAR is a combination of a player’s Offensive and Defensive capabilities. Is that right ?

    Are they weighted equally ? or is that a dumb question ?

    Thanks in advance. apologies for my ignorance.

    ———–

    WAR is a counting stat. 1 War is added each time the player contributes (defense, base running or hitting) that adds an estimated win to the team. According to fangraphs here is how WAR is figured for position players:

    Offensive players – Take wRAA, UBR, and UZR (which express offensive, base running, and defensive value in runs above average) and add them together. Add in a positional adjustment, since some positions are tougher to play than others, and then convert the numbers so that they’re not based on league average, but on replacement level (which is the value a team would lose if they had to replace that player with a “replacement” player – a minor leaguer or someone from the waiver wire). Convert the run value to wins (10 runs = 1 win) and voila, finished!

  19. Pat M. April 25th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Rich in NJ….I don’t want to get into a pissing match and start ripping our guy, but do you really and honestly want to compare Brett Gardner to Curtis Granderson ??? You’re a man who’s credibility very seldom is questioned, however this would raise many an eyebrow. Besides bringing in a 3rd party ( Curtis ) doesn’t prove sh*t and certainly doesn’t enhance the Gardner CF question

  20. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Adams > Francisco, but that’s not saying much.

  21. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    Bo-

    Serious question. No sarcasm intended.

    What is about GGBG’s O that you like ?

    We know he can get on base a decent clip and steal bags. But what else ?

  22. Locke April 25th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    MTU – You can read more about WAR as a stat at

    http://www.fangraphs.com/library/misc/war/

    It’s a pretty good primer if you’re interested.

  23. jackamir April 25th, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    I’m sorry Rich if I came off like that. I have been passionate about Yankee baseball for 60 years and I don’t accept mediocrity. I apologize…..

  24. Rich in NJ April 25th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Pat

    Yes, because Granderson makes too much money and is below average defensively in CF.

    Gardner is fine in CF given what he has done when healthy, and what he makes on a team with an insane payroll. If you want to say he can’t stay healthy, that’s fair.

    I would love to continue this, but it’s not worth the grief I would get if I am late.

    So after the game perhaps?

  25. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    Seems to me that the standards that used to be in place for gauging quality Centerfielders has dropped rather quickly ???
    ——————————————
    The guys playing in Philly and Baltimore were rated pretty highly, no? Someone named Paul Blair, I think the other one was Maddox.

  26. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    locke-

    Thanks. If it is too technical it will just make my eyes glaze over.

    Was just looking for a simple answer if there was one.

    How much of it is D and how much O ? Percentagewise ?

  27. luis April 25th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Good evening guys,

    Rich…Read your post… Could you explain a little further please?… Because, it is very hard to pick pitchers with an ability to throw a CU when they are in HS, which is the main source of high impact/ high risk pitchers for the Yankees since they pick so low on the draft… I mean, at that level very few pitchers throw a changeup.

    About Gardner, he is not a 4th outfielder… He is not Bernie Williams either…But he is a very good player and very useful given the payroll constrains the team has.

  28. MTU April 25th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Enjoy the game folks.

    Later.

    :)

  29. Pat M. April 25th, 2013 at 7:00 pm

    Paul Blair threw me out trying to go from 1st to 2nd . then again that was 40 years ago Bo

  30. luis April 25th, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    MTU,

    He is a good defensive OF, he is fast and he is a good and patient hitter…And for what we are paying him is a very good deal… I think at one point he had more WAR than Crawford and one tenth of the latter’s contract

  31. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

    Paul Blair threw me out trying to go from 1st to 2nd . then again that was 40 years ago Bo
    ————
    Always the modest man with style. Love it.

  32. Bo knows April 25th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    He is a good defensive OF, he is fast and he is a good and patient hitter…And for what we are paying him is a very good deal… I think at one point he had more WAR than Crawford and one tenth of the latter’s contract
    ———
    This
    I would also add that what drove me crazy for years, is they foisted hitting flatfooted on him. Hence the helicopter swing or so I maintain.


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