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Derek Jeter to resume baseball activities this week

Jun 21, 2011, 8:46 AM EDT

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Joe Girardi told the sporting press yesterday that Derek Jeter — who stands six hits shy of 3,000 —  is expected to resume baseball activities this week and is hopeful that he can return from the disabled as soon as he’s eligible on June 29.

Jeter’s strained right calf is the kind of thing that can be nagging, but it sounds like he’s rebounding nicely from his injury.  Which, despite his year-long struggles, should be good news for Yankees fans who are likely having trouble getting their minds around an energy-filled yet error-prone Eduardo Nunez after so many years of steadiness from Jeter. A steadiness that masked poor range and stuff, but which didn’t allow for much in the way of mental errors on Jeter’s part and at least kept everyone’s blood pressure lower.

When we talk about underrated/overrated when it comes to Jeter, that quality is probably significantly underrated.

  1. uyf1950 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:04 AM

    I don’t think I would mind Jeter coming back as much as I do if Girardi and Cashman would just bit the bullet and tell Jeter he is moving down in the batting order, and he has one of two options. Either accept it or retire. I mean way down in the batting order. Batting him 1st or even 2nd and having more capable offensive players not in those positions is a huge mistake. That’s just my opinion.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:06 AM

      Right.

    • ta192 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:04 PM

      No “thumbs” up or down for this post from me. What you say makes baseball sense to me and that ought to deserve an “uppie”, but as a Yankee hater, I hope they put Jeet back at SS and at leadoff…

  2. yankeesfanlen - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:08 AM

    You have a way with headlines, Craig. Gave me a chuckle with the “resume baseball activities” thing. I guess GIDP qualifies.

    • kopy - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:32 AM

      Jeter does have the highest ground ball percentage out of all qualifying batters. Maybe they should keep him #1 in the order so there’s the smallest chance of hitting with runners on?

      • aceshigh11 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:12 AM

        Hey, Jeter is nothing if not a HOF-caliber ground-ball-out hitter nowadays.

      • paperlions - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:48 PM

        …or they could move him down the order so there is the smallest chance of him hitting.

  3. deathmonkey41 - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:34 AM

    Nunez reminds me of Alfonso Soriano without the power. He got picked off first last night. Just a bunch of stupid mental lapses so far for him. Hopefully as he gets more comfortably, he stops thinking and just starts playing.

    • foreverchipper10 - Jun 21, 2011 at 12:00 PM

      I almost forgot that Soriano used to be a Yankee 2nd baseman……what a strange world…..

      • deathmonkey41 - Jun 21, 2011 at 1:07 PM

        He kind of has the same frame, same stance, and same lack of discipline at the plate that Alfonso does.

  4. pisano - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:55 AM

    He should be dropped way down in the batting order. He hits into too many dp”s. The Yankees are 7 and 1 without him in the lineup, now the question is, what to do with him for the remainder of the insane contract the Yankees gave him?

  5. yournuts - Jun 21, 2011 at 2:59 PM

    I don’t have any problem with Jeter batting first or second! What he brings to the Yankees is not measured in groundouts, he will start finding the holes and the extra base hits. His contribution is measured in leadership and knowledge of his team and the opposition. If you really know baseball then you know that a Veteran like Jeter brings much more to the game than what some bloggers write here. I am sad to see the lack of respect given Jeter in this Blog. He is HOF material and this is just plain stupid.

    The Yankees are only 1.5 games out of first place with many players on the DL or lost for the season. There is no Phil Hughes, Joba is gone for the year, and Rafael Soriano, Bartolo Colon, Eric Chavez, Damaso Marte and Pedro Feliciano on the DL. The Redsox must be wondering why they can’t shake the Yankees even after winning 7 of 8 from the Bronx Bombers so far this year. This is a testament to Brian Cashman and his uncanny ability to field a team that can win. These numbers against the Redsox will change because they always do when these clubs get together. The Sox are playing out of their minds right now and have not had the same kind of player losses the Yankees have had. When all is said and done the Yankees and Redsox will most likely play in the ALCS.

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