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Derek Jeter back from DL and leading off for Yankees

Jul 4, 2011, 4:33 PM EDT

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As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter.

Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances this season, but manager Joe Girardi has been adamant about keeping him in the leadoff spot.

Jeter, who’s been out since June 13 with a strained calf, will be the American League’s starting shortstop in the All-Star game next week and needs just six hits to reach 3,000 for his career.

In his absence the Yankees went 14-4, with Eduardo Nunez starting all but one game at shortstop while hitting .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter hit .260 with a .649 OPS in 62 games prior to the injury.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jul 4, 2011 at 4:45 PM

    Our long national nightmare has begun.

    • ditto65 - Jul 4, 2011 at 4:51 PM

      If A-Rod wasn’t making him look so bad, everything would be great.

      • ditto65 - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:11 PM

        It was a joke!

      • cur68 - Jul 5, 2011 at 1:56 AM

        And I laughed.

  2. 1historian - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    I’ve never been a Jeter fan but I have always respected him and this is just sad – The longer he stays around – as in hangs on – the more he tarnishes his legacy.
    He should get his 3,000 hits and retire – go out with a bang.

  3. pisano - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    I don’t want him in there either, but he’s not garbage out there. He can make the average everyday plays unlike Pena yesterday, but they have to bat him way down in the order to try to keep him from killing rallies.

    • njlurker - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:34 PM

      In 24 games at shortstop Nunez has made 9 errors. In 58 games Jeter has made 4. Unlike NL teams, the bottom of the Yankee lineup is as likely as the top or the middle to start rallies. And once you get past the first inning, there is no difference in whether you’re batting first or ninth.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 5:48 PM

        Errors never tell the whole story. Jeter does not commit many errors because his limited range prevents him from getting to a lot of balls. He has had less opportunity to make errors on difficult plays.

  4. tellemallrex - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Give him a break, he is a hall of famed going through a rough patch, guaranteed he comes up big in the playoff’s.

    • Glenn - Jul 4, 2011 at 7:52 PM

      – not anymore. Look at the post season stats for the second half of his career.

    • paperlions - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:44 PM

      His “rough patch” is called being old. Sadly, it is a patch that, once entangled, no one escapes.

  5. proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    After 3 at bats, the heroic Captain still does not have a hit in his epic quest to hit #3,000 during this homestand. Dear Captain Jeter, the Yankee nation turns its lonely eyes to you.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 8:58 PM

      In his fourth and possibly his last at bat tonight, the Captain was hacking away but could only line out to the other short stop.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:17 PM

        It was a great effort and the Captain led by example. He went hitless as the Yankees only had 4 hits against the Indians. But, as the scarlet lady said “Tomorrow is another day”.

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