Things went pretty late on the field today while waiting for Brian Cashman and Derek Jeter. The basics of the Jeter DL decision are in the video one post below this one. Here are a few other quick pregame notes.
• Derek Jeter got on a bike today for the first time since the quad injury. He’d been doing treatment for the past week, but really hadn’t done much to test it and yesterday’s MRI showed only mild progress. “The doctor said that he wouldn’t be a player,” Joe Girardi said. Jeter was, as you might expect, disappointed. “I always think I could play,” he said. “Right now, it’s fine, but I haven’t run. I’m pretty sure they’ll make me run before they have me play.”
• Cashman acknowledged that it’s not a sure thing Jeter will be back when his 15 days are up next Saturday. Jeter, though, feels predictably confident. “Why not?” he said. “I was hoping to play today. If you ask me, I want to play.”
• Will Jeter need another rehab assignment? “I don’t think he feels that he’s going to need that,” Cashman said. “I think we’ll have to talk about that after we get him healthy. We’ll see.”
• For the time being, Jeter expects to stay with the big league team while he does his rehab work.
• Alex Rodriguez’s rehab assignment has to end on Monday, but he doesn’t have to be activated right away. Cashman said that — barring a setback — Rodriguez will be activated either Monday or Tuesday. The only way it won’t be Monday is if Rodriguez says he’s exhausted from playing four straight days and needs a day to rest. “We fully expect to have him activated on Monday,” Cashman said.
• Rodriguez will DH on Sunday. It should be a fairly light day before he flies to Texas.
• David Phelps has thrown a bullpen in Tampa and will begin a rehab assignment on Tuesday, Cashman said.
• Jayson Nix has been going through drills in Tampa and will also begin a rehab assignment fairly soon. “I can’t remember the day on Nix, but I think around the 23rd, 24th will be him getting into rehab games,” Cashman said. No word on where either Nix or Phelps will rehab.
• The Yankees are eyeing early August for Curtis Granderson’s return. “Hopefully by the first week of August we’ll have him fully,” Cashman said. “Maybe toward a week to 10 days from now we can be looking at a rehab assignment somewhere.”
• Two weeks after that stress reaction setback, Francisco Cervelli has begun throwing again.
• Robinson Cano said there are no worries about his quad. “From the first day it just felt a little tight, but no pain or anything,” Cano said. “I just moved it around a little bit and it feels pretty good.”
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