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Derek Jeter did not have a setback. He’s just working too hard.

Apr 17, 2013, 8:55 AM EDT

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Derek Jeter‘s May 1 comeback projection was taken off the table yesterday, but last night Joe Girardi said it’s NOT a setback. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports:

“Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls … They talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many. Derek is such a creature of habit, to get him to break a cycle sometimes is difficult. He’s going to want to do as much as he can as soon as he can, so we’re just trying to make sure he doesn’t go too fast. But there was no setback.”

I have no doubt that Jeter is working his butt off to come back. But I gotta tell ya, I’m really not looking forward to the commentary about how Jeter is such a fierce competitor that he tried to out-work and out-Captain everyone in an effort to come back as soon as he can, which I presume is in the offing. If this really is a matter of him doing more than his body can handle faster than it can handle it, he’s not doing the Yankees or himself any favors. The best thing for everyone is that he come back when he’s ready to be 100%.

  1. proudlycanadian - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:11 AM

    “Full speed ahead Captain. Full speed ahead” NEVERMIND!

    • historiophiliac - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      “I’m giving it all I can, Cap’n, but I can’t promise she’ll hold together.”

      “Dammit, Scotty!”

      • nbjays - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:26 PM

        “Aye, Cap’n… I think we’re DOOMED!”

  2. bravojawja - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    Jeter’s one of those people who fill out their self-evaluations and say their biggest weakness is they care too much or try too hard.

  3. gza385 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    He’s getting more stubborn with old age.

    • Alex K - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:01 AM

      Not possible. The most stubborn thing he could ever do in baseball happened in 2004 when he refused to move off SS for a superior player.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Considering how terrible a fielder he is, dubious gold glove awards notwithstanding, maybe he should just be moved to DH/1st base permanently?

    • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:56 AM

      Problem is, Nunez fields like Jeter and hits like a traditional SS. Until they have a better replacement, Jeter stays at short.

      • mississippimusicman - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:04 PM

        Didn’t they have a backup infielder named Pena who was pretty good with the glove? Wonder what ever happened to that guy?

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:30 PM

        Puttng Jeter back at SS is music to every other teams ears.

        Ladies and Gentleman your new NY Yankees: old, slow, injury prone and now, terrible defensively.

        Poor George, he’s gotta be rolling over in his grave, ha ha.

      • kevinbnyc - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:34 PM

        Ramiro is plying his trade in Atlanta, sporting quite the creepy mustache.

      • mississippimusicman - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:09 PM

        Kevinbnyc, I’m quite aware of that, and he’s doing a fine job, facial hair notwithstanding. Maybe that’s the secret to his small-sample-size hot streak, and if the Yankees had a less-restrictive grooming policy he would have stuck with them?

      • anxovies - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:23 PM

        Romiro Pena. In 334 AB over 5 years .240/273/302

  5. Brian Donohue - Apr 17, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    I say Nix on that (ahem). But the story so far is that they’re winning without 3/4 of their starting infield and 1/3 of their starting outfield. We’ve got a mayoral election coming up this year here in NYC, and I’m writing in Lyle Overbay.

    • Kevin S. - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:20 AM

      It’s too bad they didn’t land Sean Casey as their glove-only first baseman.

  6. mississippimusicman - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:46 AM

    The idea that Jeter will ever again be at “100%” seems unrealistic to me.

    Jeter hasn’t seemed to be at 100% for three years (.294 average, walks way down, no real power, still has good hands but horrible range; 1.6 bWAR/year), but if he could get to 85% of age 30-35 Jeter (.317 average, more walks because he isn’t having to start his swing as early to catch a fastball, decent power, slick hands but somewhat limited range defensively; 4.5 bWAR/year), that would be plenty.

  7. frenchysplatediscipline - Apr 17, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    The title of this post reminded me of the old tough guy Chuck Norris jokes.


    Chuck Norris doesn’t flush the toilet, he scares the shit out of it…

  8. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 17, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Maybe the Yankees can bring back Enrique Wilson to fill the void at SS?

    Remember when that clown Joe Torre would ALWAYS start Wilson whenever Pedro started for the Sox? Supposedly because Wilson had a modicum of sucsess ONCE against, a probably injured, Pedro??

    Ha ha it was great; Martinez schooled that chump all the time…Enrique Wilson..hahahaha.

  9. jwbiii - Apr 17, 2013 at 1:38 PM

    Well, he’s…he’s, ah…probably pining for the fjords.

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