Derek Jeter has played in seven minor league games and only five Major League games this season. When I told Eduardo Nunez about that yesterday, he started laughing at the absurdity of such a statistic.
In the past few days, I’ve heard from fans who think it’s absurd that the Yankees waited this long to bring Jeter back from his latest injury, and I’ve heard from others who think the Yankees should wait even longer. The Yankees have decided now’s the time, and they’re going to try to keep Jeter on the field for these last five weeks of the season to see if he can help push them into the playoffs.
Jeter, of course, dismissed any lingering concerns with a typical Jeter response.
“Everywhere I ran, I made it,” he said. “How about that? As long as you make it, that’s the point, right?”
Three DL stints. Three setbacks. Now five weeks to make an impact.
• The Blue Jays have reinstated lefty Aaron Loup from the paternity list. To make room, they’ve designated Chien-Ming Wang for assignment.
• Ronnier Mustelier was named the International League Batter of the Week. In six games for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, he had multiple hits five times and hit .556 for the week. He has a 13-game hitting streak that began on August 11, during which he’s hit .458 with six doubles and five runs batted in. Still not sure he’ll get a September call-up, though. Not a ton for him to do now that Alex Rodriguez is healthy, Mark Reynolds is on the roster and the team has five outfielders.
• Of course, today’s big New York baseball news has nothing to do with the Yankees. Turns out, Mets ace Matt Harvey has a torn elbow ligament and seems to heading toward Tommy John surgery.
• This Forbes report about the Astros is pretty outrageous. Turns out, the Astros are making more money than any other team in baseball. By a lot.
• Looks like I’m 2-for-2 this season. For the first time in my four years on the beat, I’m actually taking a few road trips off this year. The trips were chosen months ahead of time. First Chicago, when Alex Rodriguez returned from the disabled list, and now Toronto when Derek Jeter has returned from the disabled list. I’ll obviously keep blogging every day and I’ll update with news as it comes out of Toronto.
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