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Looking back: Jeter’s “nightmare” season

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Dec 30, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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When Derek Jeter showed up in spring training, he described his offseason as “absolutely terrible.” When he was shut down in late September, he described his year as a “nightmare.” For the Yankees captain, the past 12 months were full of moments when he seemed on the verge of being 100 percent, and those moments were inevitably followed by setback after setback. Here’s a look back at Jeter’s year. It’s telling that we knew a lot of details about Jeter’s early rehab attempts — when there was still hope and expectation that he’d be back — but the details got a little thin later in the year, when optimism began to dwindle.

Derek JeterJanuary 1: Jeter started the new year without much noise. He was rehabbing away from the public eye, without significant leaks of information.

January 28: Went through drills on a baseball field for the first time since surgery.

February 11: Ran on a treadmill for the first time since surgery.

February 17: Held his annual spring training press conference. “I’m not concerned with re-injuring the ankle,” he said.

February 18: First full-squad spring workout; Jeter did his conditioning inside for a lower-impact environment.

February 23: Ran on the field for the first time since surgery.

March 7: Cleared for full activity by Dr. Robert Anderson.

March 9: Played his first spring training game; singled in his first at-bat.

March 16: Played his final spring training game. He was pulled after only four innings, but the Yankees said that was according to plan.

March 19: Scratched from the lineup. Diagnosed with “mild inflammation” in his left ankle after an X-ray and MRI.

March 24: Brian Cashman acknowledged Jeter would likely open the season on the disabled list.

Derek JeterApril 9: Ran on the field again for the first time since going on the disabled list.

April 18: Diagnosed with a new fracture in his ankle.

April 25: Speaking publicly for the first time since the new diagnosis, Jeter said: “To the fans, I’ll be back soon.”

May 10: Yankees traded for Alberto Gonzalez to add some shortstop depth.

May 18: Yankees acquired Reid Brignac to add some more shortstop depth.

June 10: Jeter resumed baseball activities in Tampa.

June 22: Participated in light batting practice with the big league team at Yankee Stadium. “The process has been too long,” he said.

June 28: Simulated at-bats at the minor league complex.

July 3: Signed Luis Cruz to add still more shortstop depth.

July 6: Began a Triple-A rehab assignment. Played four games in five days.

Derek JeterJuly 11: Scheduled to DH in Triple-A, instead played first big league game of the season. Once again singled in his first at-bat.

July 12: Diagnosed with a Grade 1 quad strain; scheduled to take one week off in hopes of avoiding another DL stint.

July 19: Placed on the disabled list retroactive to July 12.

July 27: Played in a simulated game against minor leaguers in Staten Island. The time and location of the game were kept secret.

July 28: Homered in first at-bat back from the disabled list.

July 29: Although not announced at the time, Jeter woke up with calf soreness on an off day after traveling to the West Coast.

July 30: Played the first of back-to-back games against the Dodgers.

July 31: Jeter lifted for a pinch runner in the ninth inning; Girardi said not to make much of it.

August 2: After an off day on the schedule, Jeter played in San Diego, but Girardi hinted of lingering health concerns.

August 3: Out of the lineup against the Padres because of calf soreness, the first full acknowledgement of the specific issue.

August 4: Diagnosed with a Grade 1 calf strain.

Derek JeterAugust 5: Placed back on the disabled list (the same day Alex Rodriguez was activated).

August 22: Began a Triple-A rehab assignment. Played three days in a row.

August 26: Returned to the big leagues, playing shortstop in Toronto.

September 3: Second straight two-hit game. Had played eight days in a row.

September 7: Played final game of the season; pulled for a pinch runner after Girardi noticed Jeter running awkwardly.

September 8: Kept out of the lineup despite a negative CT Scan on his sore left ankle.

September 10: Girardi said Jeter was in a “holding pattern” and might be no better than day-to-day the rest of the year.

September 11: Cashman announced that Jeter was heading to the disabled list and wouldn’t play again.

September 29: After the final game of the year: “There were memorable festivities,” Jeter siad. “Andy and Mo, it goes without saying how special that was, but on the field wasn’t memorable.”

November 1: Rather than taking a player option, Jeter signed new one-year deal worth $12 million for 2014.

November 14: At the Joe Torre Foundation’s annual gala, Jeter said: “I understand the concerns because of everything that went down last year, so I understand that, but I’ll be ready to go.”

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85 Responses to “Looking back: Jeter’s “nightmare” season”

  1. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:15 pm

    Jeter 200+ hits in 2014.

  2. tomingeorgia December 30th, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    RIB,
    I’,m with you.

  3. dan l December 30th, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Better chance Jeter retires after spring training injured then ever sniffing 200 hits again…I have no faith in him being productive going forward…I can hope but just don’t see it.

  4. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:23 pm

    Tom

    Jeter is coming into camp in superb condition unlike last season.

    The Capt. will leave the game on his terms.

  5. Ys Guy December 30th, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    yeah, i took jeter at his word last offseason that he’d be ready to go on opening day. he never was.

    this year, i expect nothing but hope he can come back.

    retirement during ST or the RS would not surprise me.

    neither would a return in 2015

  6. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    After watching Jeter’s career it is hard for me to believe that anyone would doubt the inner strength and resolve of Derek Sanderson Jeter.

    He ain’t coming to camp to play the piano.

  7. Ys Guy December 30th, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    father time is undefeated.

  8. tomingeorgia December 30th, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    RiB,
    He’s a ballplayer. He’ll be close to what he always was. He will hit.

  9. j9d December 30th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Agree with Y’s guy but think this might be that last season that he digs deep and is just barely healthy enough go out on top. Maybe that is wishful thinking but would be great.

  10. Ys Guy December 30th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    id love to see derek go out on top. very few do.

    i hope he realizes that he will be far more valuable to the team NOT playing every inning of every day anymore. He should learn to ask for a day (or two) off so that when he does play he’s at his best.

    girardi squeezed the last great drops out of damon and matsui. derek should let joe help him this year.

  11. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    Tom agreed.

    Molitor played well at 40 I expect no less from Jeter.

  12. mick December 30th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    wasn’t molitor a user?

  13. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Damon and Matsui? They’re not Jeter.

  14. RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Of tobacco?

  15. Jerkface December 30th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Randy Levine is example A1 for ‘working in a baseball front office doesn’t mean you’re qualified to make baseball decisions’.

  16. mick December 30th, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    mr tom,
    hope you got your moneys worth, lol..

  17. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 6:39 pm

    father time is undefeated

    ——–

    True, but I believe Mo was beginning to get in Father Time’s head a bit :)

  18. luis December 30th, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    Good evening guys,

    mick,

    I am not hiding…I am just having a good time in NY…If you want to meet, I will be more than happy to do so.

    About Jeter,

    If he has a 150 hits this season we should be very, very happy with it… At this point in time, everything we get from him it will a be a plus… He is not in his 20′s anymore

  19. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Luis… have a great time in the Apple

  20. luis December 30th, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    Hello Chicken,

    I am!…by the way, thanks for all the welcoming posts to all

  21. joeman December 30th, 2013 at 6:52 pm

    back when Jeter got hurt in 12 I said it would take two years for him to be 100%…

  22. luis December 30th, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    One thing is sure…By the way things are playing out…We should enjoy Jeter’s season… By 2015, I don’t think we will have a single homegrown position player on the regular lineup… I hope I am wrong on this though

  23. joeman December 30th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Tom

    Jeter is coming into camp in superb condition unlike last season.
    —————————
    I don’t believe it

  24. Ys Guy December 30th, 2013 at 6:58 pm

    la bienvenida a nueva york luis!

  25. luis December 30th, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    Gracias Y’s!

    I love it here!…My kind of town! ;)

  26. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

     By 2015, I don’t think we will have a single homegrown position player on the regular lineup… I hope I am wrong on this though

    ——–

    I guess there’s a possibility that the Yanks could extend Gardner… I think joeman has started circulating a petition to that effect.

    (Just messin with you joeman :) )

  27. austinmac December 30th, 2013 at 7:02 pm

    I have no doubt Jeter is doing all he can be be ready. The question is whether his ankle can withstand the daily grind. Playing MLB, particularly at short, is very demanding. Only time will tell. No one, including Jeter, knows yet.

  28. pete2 December 30th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Last year showed Jeter is always going to give a rosy forecast so you can’t count on what he says in ST but what he does.

    Jeters offense has always been reliant on IF hits and turning singles into doubles. On defense, while he did not have great range, he had quickness and agility to make some good plays and was sure handed. How much speed or quickness he has lost will determine his and the Yankees fate in 2014, even with Tanaka. A prolonged stretch of Nunez or Ryan (a Ryan-Nunez hybrid would be wonderful) at SS is too painful to contemplate, and a hobbled Jeter at SS perhaps more so.

  29. tomingeorgia December 30th, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    I’ve allotted myself three Toll House chocolate chip cookies, my gift from Mrs. T, along with a bunch of ginger snaps, which keep better. The rest of the chips will fall where they may, but I have these.

  30. austinmac December 30th, 2013 at 7:22 pm

    Chicken,

    Joeman and Blake has decided the Yankees need to be strong up the middle with Nunez and Gardner.

  31. Pat M. December 30th, 2013 at 7:23 pm

    Just received the stickball tourney dates for rounds 1 & 2 . Saturday May 3rd & Sunday May 4th . Cubbies are all in on Tanaka. Dodgers are being tight lipped

  32. austinmac December 30th, 2013 at 7:24 pm

    –have decided–

  33. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Mac,

    Don’t forget Youk will solidify the infield..Oh wait!, he is going to Japan ;)

  34. tbone1570 December 30th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    joeman December 30th, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    RhapsodyInBlue December 30th, 2013 at 6:23 pm
    Tom

    Jeter is coming into camp in superb condition unlike last season.
    —————————
    I don’t believe it

    ************************************
    I do believe it and can’t wait to see i happen :)

  35. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    Austinmac – I actually laughed out loud!

    Hope you’ve been enjoying the holidays

  36. austinmac December 30th, 2013 at 7:35 pm

    Chicken,

    All is good here. Do you have big NYE plans?

  37. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    mick,

    I am not hiding…I am just having a good time in NY…If you want to meet, I will be more than happy to do so.
    ==================
    Luis,
    Where in the City are you?

  38. tomingeorgia December 30th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The Yankees are ten games better than last year’s edition.

  39. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    Mick,

    Midtown…58th st

  40. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Mac – my NYE plan at this point is to be the resident lohud hermit. How about you? Big plans?

  41. j9d December 30th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    pete2

    In 2012 Jeter could not run yet had a great offensive year. I seem to recall he didn’t have a lot of infield hits that year… he couldn’t run hard that year yet hit a lot. I have a healthy skepticism of Jeter contributing much in 2014 but he could pull it all together to have a 2012 like season, which would be huge.

  42. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    Midtown…58th st
    ==============
    Meet you at the Russian Tea Room in 5 minutes…

  43. Jerkface December 30th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    The Yankees are ten games better than last year’s edition.

    Don’t think this is a 95 win team right now. They might be ten wins better than their Pythagorean win-loss record of 79-83 if everyone is healthy.

  44. dan l December 30th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Jeter needs to prove his value beyond hitting left handed pitching. Right now it looks like he’s a huge negative in the field. His batting against right handed pitching in 2010, 2011 and the first half of 2012 were well below league average for right handed hitters. If you’re being honest it doesn’t look like Jeter brings much value but for his name.

  45. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    ok

  46. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Luis,

    Hope you have a great time here! Catch a Broadway show, go to the Empire State Bldg, and catch amateur night at the Apollo. Have a blast!

  47. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    The Yankees are ten games better than last year’s edition.
    ==============================
    Imagine when they get Tanaka, Balfour, Baker and Santana.

  48. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:43 pm

    dark blue coat and gray cap

  49. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Luis will Mr and Mrs JAP be with you?

  50. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    Thanks DaSaint!… I am actually going to watch the book of mormon and Pippin, the latter is an old favorite of mine

  51. tomingeorgia December 30th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Pythagorean this.

  52. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Nope…I am alone, but my wife who is shopping might join us

  53. austinmac December 30th, 2013 at 7:45 pm

    Chicken,

    We’re having a few people over. I better drink a lot of coffee. I tell people I am hip until 9:30.

  54. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Seems like you have a lot of money, will you treat?

  55. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    sure mick, just tell me if you are there, I have already the coat on

  56. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    how long will you be in the city luis?

  57. jmills December 30th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Please give an arm to Michael Schumacher tonight, he’s fighting for his life.

  58. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Jan 13th

  59. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:50 pm

    Enjoy it Luis!
    Will contact you if in the neighborhood.

  60. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Mac – I can’t even make that claim (two words unlikely to be found in a single sentence “chicken” and “hip” :) )

    Hope you have a great time! Make a toast in my honor ;)

  61. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    whats that about breaking your hip Mac?

  62. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    Sure thing Mick and thanks

  63. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    Luis
    Are you watching the ball drop at midnite?

  64. luis December 30th, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    No, I did that on my younger years… But I will watch the fireworks from Central park

  65. mick December 30th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    how long did you live in the city?

  66. luis December 30th, 2013 at 8:04 pm

    In NY?…Well my family have always owned property in the city, so I have spent most of my holidays in the city since I was very young…I lived mostly in Boston and New Jersey while I studied in the US, then I worked for about a year in NY before I went back to Venezuela.

    I am a little supersticious… Every time I spend New Years in NY, I always have a good year afterwards…So basically, I spend them here

  67. blake December 30th, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    austinmac says:
    December 30, 2013 at 7:22 pm
    Chicken,

    Joeman and Blake has decided the Yankees need to be strong up the middle with Nunez and Gardner.

    Gardner can’t play 2 positions now ;)

  68. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    Blake – every single Nunie supporter (all 3 of them) are miffed by your statement :)

  69. bbb51 December 30th, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Gardner can play LF and deep SS.

  70. Blojaldo December 30th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    “everything we get from him it will a be a plus…”

    I’m as big a Jeter fan as there is but it won’t be a plus if he’s injured, doesn’t hit well and/or is a liability in the field. Leadership, lore, intangibles; of course in spades. But whether he can be a plus in the pursuit of a playoff spot at a critical position is far from a sure thing and that after all is the bottom line. He’s 40 this year.

    A note. Cano got to a lot of balls hit up the middle the last few years that he turned into outs with that absurdly great arm and cross body throw. e gone and with third base being a total unknown, Jeter’s decreasing range will be glaringly obvious. That’s just the reality of forty year old legs.

  71. ac1 December 30th, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    I made the mistake of underestimating Jeter after his poor 2011 season and he was awesome in 2012. I will not make that mistake again…

  72. luis December 30th, 2013 at 8:43 pm

    Blojaldo December 30th, 2013 at 8:37 pm

    Can’t argue with this…. I just meant that whatever production we could get from him, it would be a bonus… But it can also be very negative as you very well point out.. I just hope that it isn’t the case

  73. luis December 30th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Well guys, heading out…Enjoy the rest of the evening

  74. Blojaldo December 30th, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    I agree with that when it comes to being in shape, heart, leadership, experience, skill, the will to succeed, etc, no one comes close. But playing shortstop at a championship caliber level in the major league in a forty year old body has to give one pause. Or maybe not. :)

    Girardi et all will do everything in their power to help keep him rested and healthy. Fingers crossed.

  75. DaSaint007 December 30th, 2013 at 8:53 pm

    Enjoy Luis.

  76. Pat M. December 30th, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Derek Jeter is my favorite player of all time, but he’s done guys. He’ll show up at camp and will play in some exhibition games and will likely break camp with the club. However playing short will be beyond what he can offer on an everyday basis. Breaks my heart and sadly my last time seeing him was at Chavez Ravine as he stumbled about especially on the last ball hit to him. Reminded me of watching Willie Mays in the 73 World Series

  77. charlestonchew December 30th, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    “dan l December 30th, 2013 at 6:22 pm
    Better chance Jeter retires after spring training injured then ever sniffing 200 hits again…I have no faith in him being productive going forward…I can hope but just don’t see it.”

    I am glad to see that so many other posters have already fired back at this claim. Do you really have NO FAITH in him being productive going forward? I mean, this is DEREK JETER. The guy is just one season removed from a very productive year. I’d be shocked if Jeter plays less than 120 games and think he’s far more likely to reach 200 hits than he is to retire. Derek wants to play until he’s 48–and he just might. If anyone can, he can. If anyone will, he will. We’ll see what happens this year, but I am expecting at least 2-3 more seasons from Derek Jeter where he produces better than the average shortstop.

  78. blake December 30th, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    Derek Jeter is my favorite player of all time, but he’s done guys.”

    I don’t think he’s done with the bat…..but I highly doubt he can still play SS at a big league level. That’s why I have pushed so hard for them to sigh Drew and then dabble with Jeter at 3B during ST

  79. blake December 30th, 2013 at 9:11 pm

    Hard to imagine another team president writing emails like a 10 year old girl texting…..

  80. chicken_stanley December 30th, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Hard to imagine another team president writing emails like a 10 year old girl texting…..

    ——–

    I can’t believe the Cano/steriods emails… simply unbelievable

  81. RadioKev December 30th, 2013 at 9:30 pm

    blake December 30th, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    Derek Jeter is my favorite player of all time, but he’s done guys.”

    I don’t think he’s done with the bat…..but I highly doubt he can still play SS at a big league level. That’s why I have pushed so hard for them to sigh Drew and then dabble with Jeter at 3B during ST
    ——–

    I won’t bother questioning Jeter. I have no doubt he will do everything in his power to be back the same as before. He’ll either get back or he won’t.

  82. pete2 December 31st, 2013 at 1:16 am

    “In 2012 Jeter could not run yet had a great offensive year. I seem to recall he didn’t have a lot of infield hits that year… he couldn’t run hard that year yet hit a l”

    jnd, he had lost a step but could still run. I have him with 42 IFH per Bref although Fan Graphs only has him at 30 with 5 bunt hits which is still a career high. He also struggled against RHP’ers with a 723 OPS

  83. GMAN December 31st, 2013 at 9:35 am

    Pat M,
    I’ll take the other side on that one. Jeter will retire before he let’s 2014 become an an end of career like Willie Mays…confused, confounded and uncoordinated. Playing in the blurred shadows of an otherwise beautiful career arc. DJ tried to come back too quickly in 2013… That ankle injury was too severe… If he can’t go in 2014 the way he wants… He will ride into the sunset during Spring Training. The man is the personification of class. He doesn’t have to play another inning – DJ has the coin, he’s not going out on a farewell tour… Not his style. he’s keenly aware of his legacy.

  84. GMAN December 31st, 2013 at 9:45 am

    Shout out to Derek Jeter… You are the best player of the generation… Played clean, produced in pinstripes… Over and over and over again in the toughest city in sports. Thanks for being a leader in an era where good guys are chastised…Played the game the way it is supposed to be played… Every pitch of every game. To Cooperstown… First ballot and unanimous.

  85. GMAN December 31st, 2013 at 10:13 am

    About Willie Mays… One of the best ball players to step on the field…a transcendent player. Some guys are thankful the BBWA elects them to The Hall… Willie Mays is one of those guys VIP guys on arrival… Majestic… Right this way Mr. Mays your plaque awaits… His 1972 & 73 seasons ( age 41 and 42) just made the wait longer than it had to be.


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