Old News – Derek Jeter will be ready when he’s ready

Derek Jeter is expected to only play in minor-league games until the start of the season.

I know, I know. It’s old news, but because Jeter has been my favorite player my entire life, I cannot put it off any more. Derek told reporters yesterday during yesterday’s morning workout that, as everybody in the Yankees organization keeps saying, it will continue to be sore, but his ankle is not broken and there is nothing beyond that soreness wrong with his tendons. I know that Derek doesn’t B.S. us and he is telling the truth, and clearly getting sick of the doubt surrounding his abilities. If Derek says he will be fine, then he will be. As of now he is day-to-day and expected to only play in minor-league games until opening day. I still think he will get at least 190 hits this season.


Recap: Yankees 1, Phillies 4 – March 19, 2013

Derek Jeter was scratched from today’s game after experiencing stiffness in his healing ankle. It was simply a precautionary measure, as the legendary shortstop said: “I’m not concerned because I was told this was going to happen. From everything I’ve been told by the doctors, it’s normal.” Gil Velazquez replaced Jeter at short.

Ichiro hit an RBI double with one out in the top of the fourth inning, scoring Brett Gardner. Adam Warren allowed 2 earned runs and 7 hits in 3 2/3 innings, both runs coming in the bottom of the fourth inning on a Dominic Brown solo home run and a Steven Lerud RBI-double. In the bottom of the sixth, Michael Young singled to center field, driving in Steven Lerud, extending the Phils’ lead to two. Next inning, Ryan Howard hit a tape-measure solo fly to right field off reliever Shawn Kelley.

Joba Chamberlain, Boone Logan, Josh Spence, and David Aardsma combined for 3 2/3 shutout innings.

Offensive Woes

Mark Teixeira is out for at least 8-10 weeks with a wrist injury.

This is the first time in my 20 years that I have been concerned about the Yankees’ bats. After news that Mark Teixeira could be out for the rest of the season with a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, acknowledging the problem can no longer be avoided. A few days ago Cashman signed Brennan Boesch after he was released by the Tigers. He is not a horrible player and good for 15 HR, 50 RBIs, and 450 ABs, but that hardly covers Teixeira’s 40 HR, 100 RBI potential (assuming last year was an outlier for him).

Our likely 1 and 2 spots, Ichiro and Brett Gardner, have both been having a torrid preseason. Ichiro has hit .387/.457/.452 in 11 games and Gardner is right up there with .325/.400/.375 in 14 games. Without Teixeira, Granderson, or even Alex Rodriguex the 3 and 4 spots will be filled with Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano. At this point it looks like our only power hitter is Robinson Cano. Yikes. Cano is easily the best second-baseman in baseball, but the New York Yankees should not have to rely upon a SECOND-BASEMAN as their long-ball hitter. While youngster Melky Mesa has been exhibiting some promise (3 HRs and 9 RBIs this spring), his current .186/.239/.395 is dismal. Juan Rivera has also been hitting reasonably well, posting a .286/.302/.381 over 14 games. If you have been following closely, you may have noticed that four of the five players that I have named so far are outfielders. Unfortunately, I am reasonably sure that Cashman will not be making any moves more earth-shattering than the Boesch signing.

Here is what I expect will be the Yankees’ opening day lineup:
1. Brett Gardner – LF
2. Ichiro Suzuki – CF*
3. Derek Jeter – SS**
4. Robinson Cano – 2B
5. Kevin Youkilis – 3B
6. Travis Hafner***
7. Juan Rivera – RF
8. Brennan Boesch – 1B****
9. Chris Stewart/Francisco Cervelli – C*****
*it’s either him or Gardner in CF, at least Ichiro has an arm
**only because he is Jeter and Cashman would not dare to move him out of the top 4
****I don’t know if he can even play a competent first, but who else?
*****both equally terrible options, Stewart has the defense without the bat and Cervelli has what Stewart has without the defense.

As you can see, this is not the Yankees team that we are used to, but it is important that we remain steadfast and support our boys, if not to prove anything more than we are more faithful than Red Sox fans.

Spring Training – Yankees 4, Cardinals 0


Hiroki Kuroda threw four scoreless innings against St. Louis, while scattering three hits and striking out six. I was skeptical last offseason when we signed Kuroda, but he has been more consistent and effective than I could have hoped.

Brett Gardner continued his torrid spring with one hit in three at-bats and a run scored. Even Kevin Youkilis showed some life, going 1-2 with a solo homerun and a sac fly, good for two steaks. Jeter went 0-2, which is not a big deal, I am simply giving an update.

It’s only spring, but the Yankees are looking less fragile (so far).

Age is just a number

Yesterday was a promising day in the life of this pinstriped Bostonian. Both Mariano and Jeter made their spring debuts after recovering from gruesome leg injuries. Mo’ struck out two batters looking for a perfect fifth inning and El Capitan went 1-2 with a single on the very first pitch that he saw. Small steps.