The video above is Derek Jeter hitting, fielding and running yesterday. I can’t really explain why I felt this way, but I left the ballpark last night thinking Jeter might actually be in the Yankees lineup on Saturday. Joe Girardi did not say that, but he did say that Jeter is going to run the bases again today and be reevaluated by the Yankees medical staff.
“And then we’ll go from there,” Girardi said. “I’m not throwing anything out there. I’m not dismissing anything, either.”
There’s nothing definitive there — not even close, actually — but it just seems to make a little bit of sense that Jeter could be ready and on the field. There’s been no real talk of a rehab assignment, and the schedule has a couple of convenient off days coming up to limit Jeter’s immediate workload. Consider…
The Yankees face a left hander on Saturday, which would be an easy situation for Jeter to start at designated hitter while Eduardo Nunez stays at shortstop (a convenient way to ease Jeter into the mix). Jeter could then play shortstop on Sunday, rest on the Monday off day, play back-to-back games in Los Angeles, rest again on a Thursday off day, play two of three in San Diego, get at least one more DH day during a three-game series in Chicago, then get another scheduled off day.
I have no evidence that this is going to happen, just saying the schedule is at least a little bit helpful if the Yankees want to bring Jeter back right away. If they don’t want to bring him back this weekend, would they really bring him back during those National League games when he wouldn’t have the option of DHing?
“I assumed I wouldn’t feel anything (running yesterday),” Jeter said. “Knock on wood, it’s been what, two weeks? I assumed I wouldn’t feel anything. You never know, but I went into it thinking I wasn’t going to feel anything and I didn’t. … I feel good. That’s the only thing I can say. I feel good. I don’t feel my leg, which is good. Now it’s up to them. I don’t know what they have planned.”