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Derek Jeter hitless in return from disabled list

Jul 4, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

New York Yankees' Jeter reacts after hitting a foul ball during their MLB baseball game against Cleveland Indians in Cleveland Reuters

Derek Jeter went 0-for-4 in his return from the disabled list tonight in a 6-3 loss to the Indians. It was his first game in exactly three weeks due to a Grade 1 strain of his right calf.

Jeter actually tested his calf in his first at-bat in the top of the first inning, tapping a ground ball which was misplayed by third baseman Lonnie Chisenhall for an error. He also flew out to right-center field in the third, grounded out in the sixth and lined out in the eighth. The hitless night dropped his batting average to .256 for the season.

Jeter remains six hits away from 3,000 for his career. Assuming no issues with the calf, he’ll continue the chase Tuesday night against Indians’ right-hander Carlos Carrasco.

  1. ditto65 - Jul 4, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    I believe that it is a testament to his intangibles that he came back after only exactly three weeks from a Grade 1 calf strain. Leave the Captain alone.

    • stoutfiles - Jul 4, 2011 at 10:44 PM

      I don’t think people would care so much if he and his massive ego didn’t need to bat first. His numbers should have him batting 8th or 9th.

      Captain’s are supposed to do what’s best for the TEAM. You don’t see Jason Varitek batting anywhere near the top of the order, do you? They are both older and need to do what’s best for the team now.

      • kmgannon - Jul 4, 2011 at 11:31 PM

        Agreed–if he was really the team-first guy that a “captain” should be, he would’ve been out of the leadoff spot long ago.

        Look at Varitek for Boston–not happy about becoming a backup, but but his tongue and did it for the team. There’s a “captain” who gets it.

        /Not a Boston fan, just an observation

      • kmgannon - Jul 4, 2011 at 11:32 PM

        *bit his tongue.

      • Ari Collins - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:30 AM

        I *am* a Sox fan, so I’m a bit biased, but I think it shows a lot of class how Varitek has accepted that he’s not a star anymore. He’s willing to go year-to-year on small deals, because he knows that’s all he’d get from other teams.

        Of course, that’s not a perfect opposite of Jeter; I think if Boston were willing to pay out like the Steinbrenners, Varitek would hardly have refused a $45M contract.

        But he wouldn’t insist on batting leadoff, either.

      • Kevin S. - Jul 5, 2011 at 12:36 AM

        I doubt he would have acted like the offer was an insult, though. Jeter has not comported himself well in the past eight months or so. And yes, I agree Varitek has handled his situation with a great deal more grace. Maybe it has to do with what they were before their decline. Varitek, at his best, was a very good player. Jeter was a superstar, an MVP candidate as recently as two years ago. Maybe that’s helped Varitek keep a better sense of perspective.

  2. stoutfiles - Jul 5, 2011 at 4:46 AM

    I think a lot of questions will be answered once Jeter reaches 3,000…obviously he’s going to reach it sooner batting 1st and it would be rude to knock someone down in the order who’s approaching such a milestone. However, a lot of questions will be asked if he reaches 3,000, still struggles at the plate, and continues to bat in the lead off position.

    • paperlions - Jul 5, 2011 at 7:29 AM

      Except that sort of thinking has poorly organized priorities. You play to win the game. As that is the goal, winning is the priority and milestones occur as byproducts of trying to win games….at no point should the byproducts take precedence over the primary objective….especially when milestones are such a distant second to that objective.

      Jeter will reach 3000 hits while hitting at the wrong end of the order and while not being the best SS on his own team. Nonetheless, I don’t see how batting him where he belongs at this stage of his career would diminish the achievement or greatness of his career.

  3. proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 8:23 AM

    Jerter led by example. He had no hits and the rest of the team could only manage 4 hits. We welcome him back to the AL East.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:07 AM

      Sorry about the typo.

  4. funkygoorilla - Jul 5, 2011 at 9:01 AM

    If a pitcher can be benched for having a dead arm, can’t a hitter be benched for having a dead swing? I love Derek Jeter, but come on, the guy is hitting pretty bad.

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