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Jeter: “I’m looking forward to playing more and more games”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Feb 27, 2014 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter played on a bad ankle in 2012, and he spent all of 2013 just trying to get strong and healthy. Forgive him if today felt like a long time coming.

“I feel like I haven’t played a game in a couple of years,” Jeter said. “That’s what it felt like, even though I played a couple last year. I think just getting out there (felt good). I don’t know if there’s one thing in particular, but just getting into a game, feeling good, that’s what I was most excited about.”

Derek JeterYes, he went 0-for-2. And no, he didn’t make a single play in the field (except applying the tag on a caught stealing). The important thing is that Jeter played five innings with no problem, and hitting two ground balls — one a double play, one a bang-bang play at first base — forced him to run pretty hard down the line.

Last year he never looked comfortable running to first base. Today he looked perfectly normal.

“I’ve done it already,” Jeter said. “I’ve run a lot. You guys may have not seen it, but I’ve run a lot. It’s always good to do stuff in game action. I wasn’t out there for such a long time, so it’s good to get back in game action. But I’m not concerned about running. That doesn’t cross my mind.”

Early in spring training, Jeter doesn’t often swing during live batting practice, so today was the first time he’d actually swung at a real pitch. As the spring progresses, he’ll eventually have to dive for the first time, range from side-to-side, and make his jump throw from the hole. Spring training is a long process, and Jeter is just getting started. But as far as first steps go, this one looked much different than in recent years; different because it actually looked normal.

Joe Girardi said he expects Jeter to play again on Saturday, and probably every other day for a while unless Jeter says he wants to play back-to-back right away.

“Everyone always says spring training is too long,” Jeter said. “But if you miss a whole spring training, then you realize why it is so long. You need to play games. You need different situations to happen. I haven’t played too many games in the past year and a half, so I’m looking forward to playing more and more games. You can work out all you want in the offseason, but until you start getting in the flow of the game, you really can’t prepare for that. … Right now I’m not where I want to be, but that’s why we have 30-something games in spring training.”

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44 Responses to “Jeter: “I’m looking forward to playing more and more games””

  1. blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    I would do Didi for Cervelli, but if they wanted a RH compliment for Montero who can hit – Murphy for Owings.”

    I don’t think you’re getting either for Cervelli…..you might could get Didi for Murphy but I’m pretty sure you’d need Sanchez for Owings and you might need him for both.

  2. blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    @BerniePleskoff: #Mariners Jesus Montero is playing first base to begin the 6th inning.

  3. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Re-post:

    The baseball season is a marathon, but sometimes the truth reveals itself even in a single preseason game:

    –Derek Jeter likes to hit ground balls.

    –Phelps has good movement on his fastball.

    –Cervelli almost always appears to be a tough out.

    –Romine almost always appears not to be.

    –John Ryan looks like a baseball player.

    –Pete O’Brien is a strike out machine.

    –Nothing turns a good team effort around as quickly as a late inning 3-run homer by the BP
    (two games in a row)

    –I thought Mason Williams was fast.

  4. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    bigdan22 – that’s why I consider these games yawners. Two games into ST with a hodge-podge cast of characters means nothing.

  5. UpState February 27th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:18 pm
    I think Didi is the one Arizona really is considering moving …
    ==================================

    Unfortunately – I think you’re right.
    That’s why adding a Nunez ‘sweetener’ might get us something better.
    Other team may want/like a replacement for their traded asset.

    (because ‘Nunnie will be fine………..not.)

    repost

  6. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    Chip February 27th, 2014 at 4:23 pm
    Dan -

    Yes, by all means let us draw conclusions on all of these things after two preseason games.

    Come on…perspective man. You’re better than that.

    —–

    If you look at my post carefully, you’ll see virtually everything in it reflects baseball conclusions that can be arrived at from examining very large sample sizes.

    Which brings us to a paradox. While it would seem that one meaningless game cannot accurately represent a well-supported baseball truth, sometimes it does.

    I’ve probably watching way too much True Detective.

  7. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    “I’ve probably watching way too much True Detective.”

    Investigation Discovery for me! Same difference, ha ha.

    :)

  8. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 4:43 pm

    trisha,
    Sure, they’re yawners, but it was nice to see the Cap’n running free and easy, and a bunch of the kids looking promising.

    Cervelli is a backup because they have McCann. He was the starter last year, before injury and suspension. He can start for somebody, look at his numbers.

  9. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 4:45 pm

    I tell you that Japanese pitcher looked pretty good. Sometimes a righty specialist can be pretty handy. Still waiting to see Lewis.

  10. blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    If the Yankees could trade for Gregorius then where does he play? Do they try to slide him to 2B or 3B for this year and play him at SS when Jeter doesn’t ? Do they send him to Scranton…..

  11. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 4:49 pm

    The thing about John Ryan is, of all the Yankee position prospects, he has by far the most likelihood of being a major league starter. The Yanks only develop about a handful of those type of guys a decade. So lets appreciate it when we see it!!

  12. Chip February 27th, 2014 at 4:55 pm

    blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    If the Yankees could trade for Gregorius then where does he play? Do they try to slide him to 2B or 3B for this year and play him at SS when Jeter doesn’t ? Do they send him to Scranton…..
    —————–

    I don’t think Didi is ever going to hit enough to be a solid ML regular. He didn’t hit much as a minor leaguer and after his first trip around the majors in the first half – his second half numbers were abysmal.

    I would rather overpay in free agency next year for Asdrubal or Jed Lowrie than trade something of potential value for this kid.

  13. trisha - true pinstriped blue February 27th, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    tom – I just can’t get into it. They’re playing teams who are basically playing without any of their starters (they did today), so it’s hard to judge how good the kids are. And it’s hard to judge how good they’ll actually look by the time ST is over. I guess you might enjoy watching the progression to see what actually happens, but I tried and just can’t get into it. Later in ST, or of course Tanaka, then I will find some interest. I see that as a lot closer to reality in terms of who really has what going on. But admittedly I don’t follow “the kids”. I’m sure if any of the farm teams were in my neighborhood, I would do more of it.

    JMO

  14. blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    “I don’t think Didi is ever going to hit enough to be a solid ML regular. He didn’t hit much as a minor leaguer and after his first trip around the majors in the first half – his second half numbers were abysmal.”

    I don’t know if he will either….he’s got good defensive upside and he’s young but I’m not crazy about his swing…..I think I would trade Murphy for him as a gamble but even that is iffy …..Id rather have Owings but I think you’d have to give Sanchez for him

  15. Chip February 27th, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    blake February 27th, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    “I don’t think Didi is ever going to hit enough to be a solid ML regular. He didn’t hit much as a minor leaguer and after his first trip around the majors in the first half – his second half numbers were abysmal.”

    I don’t know if he will either….he’s got good defensive upside and he’s young but I’m not crazy about his swing…..I think I would trade Murphy for him as a gamble but even that is iffy …..Id rather have Owings but I think you’d have to give Sanchez for him
    ——————————-

    I think you could get Owings for Murphy + another prospect (Heathcott? Campos?)

    If my choices are Didi or waiting – I’m waiting and seeing what’s available later in the season. My guess is that the Indians and A’s, if they’re not in it, will want to get something for Cabrera and Lowrie respectively. Lowrie being more likely since I don’t think Oakland would tender him a QO.

    I’m just looking at the current list of 2015 FA and the interesting question is whether the Yankees would rather have Headley or Kung Fu Panda? My gut reaction is Headley because I think he’ll age better than Panda…but Sandoval has looked very ripped in recent pictures and he’s 3 years younger than Chase.

  16. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:04 pm

    @mikeaxisa: barf: http://t.co/3gDp5r4a4x

  17. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:05 pm

    “I think you could get Owings for Murphy + another prospect (Heathcott? Campos?)”

    Maybe but I doubt it

  18. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    Has Sanchez been better in the minors than John Ryan at the same levels?

    By the way, a lot of men and women around here go by two first names. In fact, I deal regularly with a John Ryan X right here in town,

  19. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:13 pm

    Sanchez has been a better hitter in the minors but Murphy has more time in the upper levels…..Sanchez has more tools to hit with though…..more power…more on base potential etc…..

  20. bbb51 February 27th, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Cervelli is getting disrespected too much here imo.

    Catchers who hit .271/.343 obp in the majors don’t grow on trees.

  21. bbb51 February 27th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

    Definitely not trading Campos as some sort of throw in.

  22. austinmac February 27th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I would trade Sanchez for Owings. Murphy looks like a solid major legue catcher for the immediate future. Torrens is a baby catcher but could be ready in five years.

    We have no future SS options except overspend for someone like Cabrera.

  23. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    bbb51,
    He’s an OK catcher, too. He’s worth something. and once he cured his throwing problems, he’s worth more.

  24. Chip February 27th, 2014 at 5:22 pm

    Sanchez is the better prospect.

    Murphy is currently the better player.

    That’s the most fair assessment I think at this point

  25. Jerkface February 27th, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    I agree Chip. Sanchez is a great prospect, but Murphy has success at the upper levels and projects to be a major league regular catcher. Thats value.

    In fact, I’d be more willing to trade Sanchez because he is further away but whatever I’d trade either of them if we could get a big league infielder.

  26. bigdan22 February 27th, 2014 at 5:31 pm

    I think the most fair assessment would be that Sanchez is regarded as a better prospect than Murphy by the Prospect Industry. The Prospect Industry routinely misses on players like Gardner and Quintana. I expect they will miss again with Nuno.

  27. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:32 pm

    I would trade Sanchez for Owings. Murphy looks like a solid major legue catcher for the immediate future. Torrens is a baby catcher but could be ready in five years.”

    I think I would too when it came down to it…..I wouldn’t for Didi though

  28. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:33 pm

    If the option is Sanchez for Owings for Murphy for Didi I’m not sure which Id choose…..Id really like to have Owings…..he’s got the potential to be an above average 2 way player

  29. Yankee Trader February 27th, 2014 at 5:40 pm

    Luis

    Hope you are OK. If you are around this is a nice picture with the Yankees showing support for you and your country.

    http://www.nj.com/yankees/inde.....zuela.html

  30. Shame Spencer February 27th, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Definitely not moving Murphy for Didi if it’s up to me… I don’t think Didi’s bat will ever play in the bigs. For Owings I’d consider it, but there’s no chance in hell I’d trade anything more than Cervelli + someone else for Didi.

  31. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Didi is one of those guys who I just don’t know about…..he’s got good potential defensively but I’m not sure he’s like an elite defender or anything……he’s got a little pop but he really didn’t look great in the 2nd half last year.

    I think Towers is thinking Owings is gonna win the SS job there and Didi will be expendable

  32. Yankee Trader February 27th, 2014 at 5:45 pm

    From MLBTR’s

    However, Carig adds that the Mets aren’t a good fit for a trade with the D-Backs. Arizona is said to be seeking a Travis d’Arnaud type of talent in exchange for one of their shortstops and doesn’t deem fellow catcher Kevin Plawecki a good enough return. As such, the Mets and D-Backs haven’t had recent trade discussions about Arizona’s shorstops (Twitter links).

    For some context, Plawecki ranked fifth on BA’s Top 30 Mets prospects heading into the 2014 season. BA calls him a safe bet to bat around .280 and hit somewhere in the range of a dozen homers at his peak level, and his bat is good enough to profile as a starting catcher, according to their scouting report. He has an average arm and is solid when it comes to blocking pitches, per BA.

    How does Plawecki compare to any of the Yankee minor league catchers? D’Arnaud?

  33. Shame Spencer February 27th, 2014 at 5:46 pm

    I think Towers is thinking Owings is gonna win the SS job there and Didi will be expendable

    ————–

    We’re of one mind on this one, which is why I wouldn’t help them out by giving them something better than they need to unload an extra piece.

  34. blake February 27th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Towers is dreaming if he thinks he’s getting D’naurd for Didi…..if he wants a fair swap then Owings for Sanchez probably is fair for both teams……Sanchez is actually ranked higher by BA but Owings is ready for the big leagues and Sanchez is at least a year away

  35. Shame Spencer February 27th, 2014 at 5:48 pm

    Well they’re definitely not going to get d’Arnaud type talent for Didi… I really think they’ll keep Owings but the D’backs are another club that has done some weirdly stupid things. Did they win any of their trades last year?

  36. bbb51 February 27th, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    If they are wanting D’Arnaud for Didi then they probably want Sanchez for Didi, and hopefully Cashman would just laugh at that proposal.

  37. Yankee Trader February 27th, 2014 at 5:59 pm

    AP
    Justin Upton was being dangled by the Diamondbacks forever, but he’s finally out the door. It’s a five-for-two deal:

    Braves get: (OF) Justin Upton, (3B) Chris Johnson
    Diamondbacks get: (3B) Martin Prado, (RHP) Randall Delgado, (SS) Nick Ahmed, (RHP) Zeke Spruill, and (1B) Brandon Drury.

    Johnson turned out to be a steal for the Braves

  38. blake February 27th, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Sanchez is probably a better prospect than Owings…..in fact BA has him ranked about 30 spots ahead of him in their top 100 this year. But when you consider the Yanks needs and that Owings is big league ready then I think the idea of Sanchez for Owings has merit……would hurt to lose Sanchez but with McCann signed long term and other good catchers in the system…..I think you pull the trigger if you’re the Yankees……

  39. Yankee Trader February 27th, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Blake

    Agree. Play Owings at third, and let him compete with Tanaka for AL rookie of the year honors.
    Would be nice to have a young position player with a chance to break the lineup.

  40. blake February 27th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    Towers might would pull the trigger on Sanchez for Owings…..I dunno…..he has Montero there but Sanchez could be groomed to replace him…..that’s a tough deal…..it’s need for need and prospect for prospect….it’s the kind of deal that can come back to haunt you or turn out great

  41. tomingeorgia February 27th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    luis,
    You’re always on my mind.

  42. tucker February 27th, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    The DBacks probably want a catcher who is MLB ready. Sanchez may be the best talent, but he needs to prove himself in the upper levels. Don’t think any of Cervelli, Romine or Murphy are enough to swing a 1-for-1 deal.

  43. Yankee Trader February 27th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    New Post——–>

  44. blake February 27th, 2014 at 6:16 pm

    “The DBacks probably want a catcher who is MLB ready. Sanchez may be the best talent, but he needs to prove himself in the upper levels. Don’t think any of Cervelli, Romine or Murphy are enough to swing a 1-for-1 deal.”

    I think Towers wants a back up plan long term to Montero in case he doesn’t bounce back…..

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