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Pregame notes: “We’re better with him here” (with video)

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This wasn’t the plan. Derek Jeter was supposed to DH for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tonight, one more step in his rehab from a broken ankle. The Yankees had talked internally about bringing Jeter back to New York tomorrow and putting him at shortstop.

But last night Travis Hafner fouled a ball off his foot, and Brett Gardner was hit by a pitch to the shin.

“Right away the thought popped into my head,” general manager Brian Cashman said.

Cashman called Gene Michael, who had been monitoring Jeter in Triple-A. Michael gave a positive review. Cashman then called Jeter around 11:30, and Jeter — of course — said he felt ready to go.

“It was just an obvious situation where he can DH tonight in Scranton or he can DH today in New York,” Cashman said. “Might as well bring him in and DH him in New York. … We’re better with him here, period.”

Jeter walked into the Yankees clubhouse around 10:30 this morning. He’ll DH today, and Joe Girardi said he’ll likely put Jeter at shortstop tomorrow.

“I think Derek would run himself out there for the next 70 games if it was up to him,” Girardi said. “That’s just who he is. He expects to play every day. From that standpoint, I think we have to guard from rushing him back too much, and we have to take days off. We have to pick DH days. In the perfect world, you’d have a month of spring training. This has not been a perfect world this year with some of the things we’ve had to deal with. So it’s my job to manage him physically, even though he’s going to want to be out there every day.”

A few quick things to get out of the way…

Yankees Jeter Baseball• If Gardner were in the lineup, he would have stayed in the leadoff spot and Jeter would have batted second. Girardi didn’t say whether he would have stuck with that plan against a lefty.

• Can Jeter still play shortstop coming off an ankle injury? “I hear he’s moving surprisingly well,” Cashman said. “I think it’s easy to say that you would expect with his age and a double break that he’d lose a step or two, or a half a step, but I think he’s moving extremely well from what I’m told. I haven’t heard anybody tell me that he’s missed any steps, let’s put it that way.”

• The video above is Cashman going into the specifics of why the Yankees feel Jeter’s ankle is fully healed this time, and not likely to suffer the same sort of setback we saw in spring training.

Bottom line is this: Jeter is back. The Yankees have their shortstop. It remains to be seen how productive he can be, but for a team that’s badly needed help on the left side of the infield, help has arrived.

“I think you’ll hear that in his first at-bat how important it is for Derek to be around here and what he’s meant to this organization,” Girardi said. “Derek is a champion. And every day he goes out there, he expects to win, and be a winner. That’s the attitude that we want around here.”

Alex Rodriquez• Needless to say, Alex Rodriguez is not quite ready to join Jeter. He’s still rehabbing in Tampa and won’t be back until after the All-Star break. “I think I stated in the beginning of his rehab process that he would got the full 20 days,” Cashman said. “He’s in the middle of his rehab process, and it’s going to go all the way to the end. He’s coming off a very complicated surgery. There’s a reason he’s in A-ball and there’s a reason we were able to put Derek in Triple-A right from the start because Derek was obviously much farther along than where Alex was. I think yesterday was probably the best day of Alex’s rehab so far as reported to me by our people, but he’ll take the full 20 days and that’s where he’s at.”

• Cashman said the Yankees always expected Rodriguez’s first 10 or so rehab games to come in Charleston and Tampa. “Moving up a level hasn’t come up yet,” Cashman said. Rodriguez is supposed to DH today.

• Gardner acknowledged that his shin is sore but said he hadn’t really tested it this morning. He does not expect it to be a lingering issue.

• Girardi also downplayed the significance of Hafner’s injury, but said he “didn’t think either one were starters today.”

• As expected, Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment to open a roster spot for Jeter.

• Why did the Yankees suddenly rush Jeter? Girardi disagreed with the premise. “You say we brought him along slowly,” Girardi said. “But we had to wait for a bone to heal. Once he got clearance to play, he’s moved very quickly. It isn’t that we wanted to be patient, we just had to wait because of the new injury.”

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52 Responses to “Pregame notes: “We’re better with him here” (with video)”

  1. Chip July 11th, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    Two ex-Yankees that I think could help the team, wouldn’t be a major cost to acquiring them:

    1. Jose Tabata:
    The Pirates outfield is crowded. They have Starling Marte and Andrew McCutchen plus Garrett Jones and Travis Snider rotating through that third spot and 1b (with Gaby Sanchez also in that mix). Pirates are looking for relief help, would Logan and Joba for Tabata be a decent deal?

    2. Dioneer Navarro
    He’s having a solid year for the Cubs in part-time duty and clearly would be an upgrade from Austin Romine. He’s only 29 and on a 1 year deal. The Cubs are in a rebuild and would probably be willing to move him for a Brett Marshall type of pitcher.

  2. Locke July 11th, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I’m glad to have Jeter back, hopefully he’ll be productive from the start. It would be hard to see him struggle in NY.

    I understand the logic behind bringing him up today, but it’s hard not to speculate that this was a move at least prompted by $$$. If I were in NY I’d buy tickets right now to see Jeter play this afternoon.

  3. bruceb July 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Virtually every move the Yankees have made this year has been flawed, including bringing El Capitan back before he is ready. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.

  4. blake July 11th, 2013 at 12:33 pm

    “Blake, Did I mention that you had posted your Dad was 61, 23 seems like a possibility to procreate a genius,no?

    My dad isn’t 61 and I’ve never posted his age ever….you make stuff up like it’s your job.

  5. Frankg July 11th, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    No question they had to bring Jeter up now. He was tearing the cover off the ball at S/W and making all the plays in the field. Part of the Yankees “show no mercy” philosophy to the rest of the league.

  6. Warning Track Power July 11th, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I know people are talking about Jeter this morning, but how
    about Nova.

    WOW! Once again his was so impressive last night.
    That curve ball he was throwing was nasty. The bats were missing that ball
    by a wide margin. Clearly a sign the pitch was nasty.

    I don’t have a problem with him not coming out in the 9th.
    Joba needs the work and if the scouts are waiting for see Joba, then he needed
    to pitch that 9th inning

  7. Warning Track Power July 11th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    bruceb July 11th, 2013 at 12:32 pm
    Virtually every move the Yankees have made this year has been flawed, including bringing El Capitan back before he is ready. I guess desperate times call for desperate measures.
    ————————————————————————————————————–
    Jeter should not be here today. Won’t surprise me to see him go 0-4 and look
    slow today. He’s not ready. I don’t care what he says or Cashman says or anybody
    on the Yankees says. Jeter is not ready. He needs more time but I guess his rehab
    will continue while the games count in the standings.
    Maybe Jeter will benefit from the 4 days off next week. I assume he can work out
    at the Stadium during those 4 days.
    Can’t imagine he will sit idle, in his apartment, not working out next week.

  8. Locke July 11th, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    WTP – Nova looked awesome. Hope he can keep it up!

  9. champ809 July 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    repost

    champ809 July 11th, 2013 at 12:26 pm
    I actually agree with that scout’s assessment of where Phil is right now. i think when his command is on then the quality of his stuff shows and he pitches like a #1/2 type pitcher which is what his ceiling is.To me his problem is his laid back “west coast’ attitude, I prefer not to say lack of guts, that to me he exhibits on the mound.

    Phil has “no bulldog” in him. He plays the game with no edge….whereas a Matt Harvey has that bulldog mentality where every time out on the mound he’s not just trying to win a game but he wants to dominate batters. That attitude of on his day to pitch he’s the best player on the field is what is driving him right now to being if not the best then certainly 1 of the top 3 or 4 pitchers in the game in his first full season.

    If Phil applied himself more in games in this way he could be 1 of the best starters in the game but I’m just not sure he has that in his makeup.

    Some of that could also be a byproduct of protecting these kids so much as they come up through the minors and not letting them pitch through jams as they develop.

  10. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    right about now the anti cashman contingent are conjuring up their tirades for if and when jeter gets hurt from coming up to soon.

    couching it in with today’s presser by girardi and cash saying they HAD to bring him up TODAY instead of tomorrow b/c of the injuries to hafner and gardy.

    btw, the jeter talk was ongoing during the game way before those day to day injuries so they could have a point.

  11. champ809 July 11th, 2013 at 12:41 pm

    repost

    champ809 July 11th, 2013 at 12:39 pm
    Chip I actually agree with you regarding Tabata and Navarro although i think Joba and Logan both would be a lot for basically the Pirates 5th OF’er.

    I think the Romine needs everyday at bats at this point and it’s really unfair to have him waste away on the bench and get 4 at bats a week.

    The issue would be when Grandy gets back you’ll have 6 OF’ers and we know Wells is not getting released.

    Good for Sandy although I doubt that the Sox part with Bradley Jr. that’s exactly who they should be asking for. He may get lucky and get the sox to give in an get back their Cf’er of the future for Parnell. parnell btw has done a hell of a job turning himself into 1 of the top 10 closers in the game right now.

    Warthen’s actually done a very good job with that Mets staff this year and last. Hefner has been a revelation for the Mets this year and with Harvey, Wheeler, Niese, Gee, Hefner and Raphael Montero the Mets have a chance to have an excellent staff next year.

    If Sandy can parlay Parnell into a Jackie Brown Jr. or Castellanos or Adam Eaton then their rebuild really looks pretty good next year.

  12. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:42 pm

    Can’t imagine he will sit idle, in his apartment, not working out next week.
    =============
    If he needs it, he can always go down and play next week.

  13. Warning Track Power July 11th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Locke-
    Nova does look like a different pitcher. I don’t know if that is due to his
    added concentration or if getting demoted was more of a wake up call.
    He appears to be determined on every pitch to execute.
    I like his attitude on the mound right now. Hope that can continue because after last night,
    he might not pitch for another 12 days. That’s a long time

  14. RayVT July 11th, 2013 at 12:43 pm

    Nova did look very good. Hughes has looked very good of late as well. I am glad Jeter is back. As Jeter showed in the playoffs he is special & is better on one leg than most are on two. This may be the last hurrah for Mo, Andy & Jeter to win the Championship & WS.

  15. champ809 July 11th, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    If I were Cash I’d be on the phone with the Dodgers to see if they would take Hughes for Joc Pederson. The dodger’s are poised to win that division and if they can get Kemp and Crawford peaking going into the playoffs they would be my favs to make it to the WS from the National league.

    Hell I’d give ‘em Hughes and Joba for him and be done with it.

  16. Warning Track Power July 11th, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Mick
    Are you implying Jeter can do down to the minors next week to play
    during the 4 off days?

  17. blake July 11th, 2013 at 12:47 pm

    “If I were Cash I’d be on the phone with the Dodgers to see if they would take Hughes for Joc Pederson. ”

    that’d be a pretty good get…..I’d prefer a 3B or SS prospect but Pederson is the level that I’d look for for Hughes.

  18. MG July 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    comnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 12:40 pm
    MG, Blake has asked me to thank you for your unsolicited commercial.

    “Universally” respected is a little grandiose don’t you think?

    On a blog that constantly vents about known professional athletes like Girardi etc. and their perceived mis -management it’s a trifle lame to suggest because someone in any sport “played the game” is indicative of “seer adoration”.

    Did you post those kind of comments on the DN blog, was I mean to you?
    ————————
    First of all, I could not care less if you were ‘mean’ to me, I am more than capable of taking care of myself.

    I’ve posted my DN screen name here in the past, it was a long time ago and this blog was virtually torn apart last year by another former DN poster (WCYF, known as Redfish on the DN, his one friend in life calls him ‘John’) so do not want to carry that over here again.

    Secondly, there are a number of us who have posted here for many years (I go back to 2009) and you develop an understanding of who people are and their perspectives on the game and on the Yankees. blake is one of those who are consistent and never picks a fight with anyone.

    Third, and probably the most important-you aren’t funny, hasn’t anyone ever told you that before?

  19. pat July 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    ” He was tearing the cover off the ball at S/W and making all the plays in the field.”

    That’s a very different take from the scouting reports I was reading

  20. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    Fact is: Jeter is not ready.
    He’d better be careful.
    Comparing minor league play to major league is a big mistake.
    I believe Cashman stated that he was going to DH down there anyway so let him DH up here instead.
    Does he really think he will anything less than 100% on the bases. Running one out at 110% to 1B?
    Today vs tomorrow b/c of the 2 day to day injuries?

    Not buying it, but I too am greedy for Jeter…

  21. UnKnown July 11th, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    One thing is for sure, Jeter won’t use any excuses today if he does go 0-4. (I predict first pitch laser to RF). But that is always one of the top things I respected about Jeter, he never makes any excuses. Even if he has legitimate reasons for this or that.

    I can’t stand or tolerate people who make excuses constantly. It’s so weak…

  22. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    This should be the biggest ovation in a regular season NY sports venue since Eddie Giacomin returned to MSG

  23. RayVT July 11th, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    About Phil!

    I believe the scouting report is hosed. Phil suffers only from trying to be too picky on the corners. When he misses he misses across the middle of the plate. His FB moves a lot. He needs to throw down the middle & let his fastbal ride to the corners. He also needs to keep the ball down more with an occassional high & tight pitch to keep the hitter honest.

    Phil had the mindset as a RP & he still brings it up when he needs it. Unfortunately he usually has very high pitch counts because of trying to be too fine that he is not as successful as he could be. I think he has turned the corner & will do great from here on out.

    As far as guts go, whoever wrote that is gutless & stupid. Phil pitched with broken ribs & has always faced his critics. He is still young and we would be singing his praises if his name was “Phelps” or similar & the results were the same. Much is expected of Phil & I think he will deliver.

  24. Nick in SF July 11th, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    I read he was tearing the cover off the ball too, except that was just the ball he was going to use in tomorrow’s gift basket. :neutral:

  25. MG July 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I understand the concerns about Jeter and his physical health.

    Harold Reynolds went through a video review a few minutes ago on MLB Network of some of his plays at Scranton and says his ankle looks fine, he wasn’t favoring it at all.

    There was one play where a runner rounded 2nd and the catcher made a poor throw behind Jete, he reached back, grabbed the ball, and was able to tag out the runner with a diving tag-as Reynolds said, if that ankle is bothering him that play would not have been attempted.

  26. Warning Track Power July 11th, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    Mick
    I agree. Jeter is not ready. No chance he is ready. There is still a lot of rust
    to knock off.
    Oh well. This is the bed the team is making. They have rushed Jeter for obvious reasons
    and Jeter is probably his own worst enemy.

  27. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 12:53 pm

    I don’t know if he’ll perform well, but if Jete himself and Gene Michael say the ankle’s ready, I’ll trust them

  28. john smith July 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    Half a Derek Jeter is still far better than Alberto Gonzalez or Whatever Cruz

  29. MG July 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    back in the old days (50s and 60s) there was no such thing as a rehab assignment.

    The Mick came back a couple of times from long injuries and pinch hit HRs to help win games.

    A lesser Jeter is still a better bet at the plate than the guys he would be replacing.

    IF he hits .225-.250 for the 1st 3 weeks before getting his timing I can live with that, they aren’t going anywhere without him this year, are they?

  30. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I’ve been saying all week that Jeter will be up by Friday.
    So they bring him up a day earlier.
    The reason is not as much based on him being ready as it is to provide a spark and get some fannies in the seats for the weekend series.
    Like I said , he’s the 3 pointer at the buzzer of the 1st half that goes in….

  31. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    I will say, though, that both of those guys seem to have surprisingly good arms

  32. 86w183 July 11th, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    Peterson is a talented kid and completely blocked in the Dodgers’ organization, but with the Nolasco trade I don’t see them looking for another starter.

  33. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Nobody is looking to help the Yankees, not even Donnie Baseball.

  34. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Also, I think I recall from Nova’s walk-off win vs. the O’s, Cruz made two important plays up the middle that Jete could only have whisteled at

  35. mick July 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Jeter jogging in the OF looks 75% on that leg.
    He better not favor it too much and injure the other one.

  36. UnKnown July 11th, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    #2 running sprints in the OF pre-game = Beautiful sight.

  37. mick July 11th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Will Kay be all excited or will they do a closeup again.

  38. Locke July 11th, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Locke-
    Nova does look like a different pitcher. I don’t know if that is due to his
    added concentration or if getting demoted was more of a wake up call.
    He appears to be determined on every pitch to execute.
    I like his attitude on the mound right now. Hope that can continue because after last night,
    he might not pitch for another 12 days. That’s a long time

    ——

    He definitely does. We always talk about how Yankee’s pitching prospects never reach their potential, but this time it looks like one of them is performing to his potential. He’s always had a strong curve and a strong FB but made lots of mistakes with them. In his past three appearances both pitches have been working and he’s been smoking guys.

    His command is much much better. The strikeout looking for Butler was just a perfect fastball located down and away. He’s also been throwing the curve for quality strikes. He’s been fun to watch these past two starts.

  39. pat July 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    KieranDarcy 5m
    Jeter is wearing a brace on his left ankle

  40. Hassey July 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Suzyn is crying hysterically and for some reason is walking around with a Jeter gift basket….hmmmmm……..

  41. 86w183 July 11th, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    Mick/WTP — FACT is neither of you has a clue whatsoever as to how ready Jeter is…

    Besides that, what the hell is “ready” where Jeter’s concerned? You wanna see him go 4-for-4 in Scranton before he’s activated. 8-for-8 over two games?

    When a 17 year Hall-of-Fame bound veteran says he’s ready he gets activated.

  42. mick July 11th, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    calm down 86-everybody inc you states things as facts here…

    btw…chances are he’s not as ready as you think he is.

  43. JobaTipsHisCap July 11th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    “Suzyn is crying hysterically”

    hmmm, is she on something?

  44. mick July 11th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    these beat reporters are gushing over jeter like they are HS schoolgirls.

  45. comnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    MG, then post your DN handle for the newbie so I may determine suitable punishment.

    I do miss Redfish since he was my personal foil, now mind your own beeswax while I chat with Blake.

    Blake, I answered the comment you again posted on this thread at 12:33.

    Now be a good sport and read it on the previous thread.

    If I’m wrong I’ll apologize, fair enough? And no it’s no my yob!

    Does this mean I won’t be invited for the annual barbeque to meet the family? ;)

  46. comnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Joba tips his cap, very funny post re”Suzyn!

    If Joba is traded to you intend to change your screen name? ;)

  47. J. Alfred Prufrock July 11th, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    omnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    MG, then post your DN handle for the newbie so I may determine suitable punishment.
    ///

    Shut up, no one cares about your crap, Jeter’s back, it’s his moment, not yours.
    ///

    Hey, folks, I got choked up myself when he was busting it down the line.

    Yes, Unknown, beautiful sight. :D

  48. comnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 1:37 pm

    JAP, please refrain from commenting on my posts.

    Anyone who posts as much prattle as you do is hardly in a position to criticize anyone’s posts.

    Perhaps we should have a group suck up for Jeter’s return or light candles?

    Your infantile boobery about being “choked up” qualifies as the topper to the Waldman idiocy!

    It’s baseball you boob and there’s no crying in baseball unless of course you’re a crybaby!

  49. comnsnse July 11th, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    On a baseball note, what is the consensus opinion of Flaherty’s color commentary.

    I sense he’s auditioning for a permanent play by play job.

    I mean this is a visual medium and he is constantly stating the obvious as if everyone is a first time baseball audience.

    Forgive me for having a thought beyond the Jeter return! ;)

  50. Frankg July 11th, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    Pat July 11th, 2013 at 12:48 pm
    ” He was tearing the cover off the ball at S/W and making all the plays in the field.”

    That’s a very different take from the scouting reports I was reading.

    Attempt at sarcasm, Pat. He does not look ready, but I hope he is.

  51. 86w183 July 11th, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    calm down 86-everybody inc you states things as facts here…

    btw…chances are he’s not as ready as you think he is.

    *********************************************************

    mick —-

    I am perfectly calm.

    And no I have NEVER claimed an opinion of mine as fact. When you write FACT: and then state an opinion I have a quarrel with that. A statement that is an opinion is not the same thing as announcing a FACT that isn’t, which is what you did.

    I have no idea how ready he is or isn’t cuz I don’t know what that means. does “ready” mean he has to be able to hit .300 or better? Play every day? Contribute? Be an improvement over who is currently playing SS ? those are very different standards

  52. JRC July 11th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    This is so funny, writers were saying that Jeter was washed up, that Nunez should have been the starting shortstop. Then Jeter leads the league in hits. This years no one could fill his spikes and it’s great to have him back.

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