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The Captain’s back: Derek Jeter to be activated today

Jul 11, 2013, 8:22 AM EDT

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Derek Jeter is … go!

Ken Rosenthal reports that Derek Jeter will rejoin the New York Yankees this afternoon and is expected to be in their lineup at either shortstop or designated hitter for today’s day game against the Royals.

This is ahead of schedule and, in many ways, contrary to the comments of Yankees officials regarding Jeter’s timetable. Just two day ago Joe Girardi said he’d like to see Jeter play back-to-back games at shortstop before being activated. He played short last night after a day off. Now it’s back to the bigs.

It’s possible the Yankees simply liked what they saw from Jeter, physically speaking and would rather have him roll up miles on the odometer in games that count rather than games that don’t. His performance on rehab wasn’t great — 1 for 9 with four walks and some shaky defense — but the point of rehab isn’t to have nice box scores. It’s to determine whether or not the player is ready to play in games.

Maybe it’s be a different story if the Yankees were playing well or had anyone who could actually hit a little bit, but it’s dire times for New York. And it’s awful hard to say that the Yankees aren’t better off with even a diminished Derek Jeter.

  1. heyblueyoustink - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:27 AM

    Nice to see a man reunited with his, equipment.

    • number42is1 - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:18 AM

      John Wayne Bobbit agrees

  2. ctony1216 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Why can’t they just announce this publicly? The Yanks are playing a day game in the Bronx. If they announced this last night, or this morning, they’d sell more tickets to the game. Yankees P.R. is just sucky lately. Odd statements (STFU, Cashman) and anonymous leaks that make the team look like bumbling morons.

    • sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:55 AM

      Yeah, you’d think they were the Mets!

      • ctony1216 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:21 AM

        Right. Or last year’s Red Sox with Bobby V — talk about a P.R nightmare.

        But here you have Derek Jeter, the Captain!, coming back from injury to try to rescue the Yankees season! You’d think the Yankees’ higher-ups would want to let fans know about it.

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:03 AM

      It does seem like the kind of thing the Yankees would want to publicize, and not leak.

    • ctony1216 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:27 AM

      OK. Now it’s official: Brian Cashman made the the announcement this morning:

      http://espn.go.com/new-york/mlb/story/_/id/9468924/derek-jeter-return-new-york-yankees-thursday-brian-cashman-confirms

      Better late than never, I guess.

  3. stoutfiles - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    He’s back! He’ll hit slap singles with a .270 average and play subpar defense. Hooray!

    • bfunk1978 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      Yet what you fail to mention is that it’s an enormous improvement over Eduardo Nunez.

    • aceshigh11 - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:52 AM

      He hit .270 ONE time, two years ago.

      • paperlions - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:32 AM

        True enough, but he’s 39 now and coming off a major ankle injury. His defense was horrible before that….Yankee pitchers will face at least 1 more hitter/game (and have at least one more base runner/game) because of his lack of defense. It’ll be hard for his offense to make up for that…considering what it is likely to look like at this point.

        I completely understand Yankee fans being happy he’s back, I would be too, his presence in and of itself will feel comforting for a while. But realistically, he’s likely to be a below average player at this point because defense matters too.

      • stoutfiles - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

        What do I get when Jeter finishes at .270 or below for the season?

      • bigharold - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:18 AM

        “What do I get when Jeter finishes at .270 or below for the season?”

        You get to crow about it. But, are you going to eat crow and admit you were wrong if he comes back and hits .316 like last year?

      • Glenn - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:19 AM

        You get a Yankee-less playoffs.

      • stoutfiles - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM

        ‘But, are you going to eat crow and admit you were wrong if he comes back and hits .316 like last year?”

        Sure will.

  4. jayscarpa - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:49 AM

    I’ll believe it when I hear Suzyn’s squeal – I’m in Texas.

  5. droogleeddie - Jul 11, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    1 for 9 and shaky defense? Still better than Nunez…

    • theinconvienenttruth - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Well you’ll have both in the lineup for awhile. Good luck!

  6. sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:01 AM

    Yeah, so very puzzling. Especially with the All Star break looming. Though they can be sure he’ll get some rest over the break. Still, I would have had him wait another week.

    My brother won tickets to today’s game in a fundraiser for his daughters’ school, so he’ll be there. Even though he’s as much a Mets fan as I am, and not the sort of baseball fan who can happily watch any game. At least he can say that Jeter’s return makes the game a bit more interesting. Otherwise, Yankees-Royals in miserable humidity with a chance of rain all day? Plus tolls from Jersey, and parking? Well, at least he can enjoy an ice cream.

    • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:15 AM

      Ice Cream? What about the “craft” beer at Yankee Stadium?

      • sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:09 AM

        Even if they had it, it would be wasted on my brother. When he drinks, which is rare, it’s wine or scotch.

      • proudlycanadian - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:30 AM

        He has good taste.

    • American of African Descent - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:25 AM

      You realize that he could have always given the tickets away, or sold them, right? Just because you have tickets doesn’t mean you have to go to a game, fight traffic, and pay tolls and parking.

      • sdelmonte - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:31 AM

        I know. I am sure he knows. I guess he just felt obliged to use them. Who can explain younger brothers?

  7. historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Doom.

  8. m3dman3 - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    Well that just gave me a half day at work.

  9. rathipon - Jul 11, 2013 at 9:45 AM

    I’m kind of annoyed that it’s become convention wisdom that Jeter’s defense sucks. No, he has never been an elite defensive player, but that doesn’t mean he sucks. Playing defense, especially at shortstop, involves a number of different skills, some of which he clearly lacks at, and some of which he does a fine job at. Range is definitely his weaker point.. and at 39 years old it isn’t going to get any better. But one thing about Jeter is that he has always been extremely sure handed on balls hit within his range, and he has also always had a very strong throwing arm – which helps him compensate a bit as well for his range. He makes fewer errors than most MLB shortstops. In his prime he was probably around league average defensively, and now he’s a bit below average. But he doesn’t “suck”.

    I think what happened here is that he has been such a consistent offensive weapon as a shortstop for so long that people feel obligated to point out that he is not equally strong defensively. And then the dogma just took off from there to the point that people just make throw away comments about how bad a defender he is.

    • Glenn - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM

      He’s been a negative WAR shortstop his whole career. Now he is 39 on a suspect ankle. Being worse than a replacement shortstop defensively, even in his prime, would probably qualify as “suck”. He will deservedly go down as one of the greatest shortstops of all time and may be the first unanimous HOFer, but that still doesn’t excuse his defense and those embarrassing Gold Gloves.

      • dan1111 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

        Replacement level for defense is defined as league average, so “worse than replacement level” isn’t nearly the insult for defense that it is for hitting. He has -0.5 dWAR per season for his career, which is below average but hardly horrible.

        I think rathipon has a point, actually. In the past, Jeter’s defense was greatly overrated, and he even won a bunch of undeserved gold gloves. People rightly challenged this reputation, but now everybody is claiming that he is terrible, which goes too far.

  10. Gamera the Brave - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

    Craig, it seems like everyone else is glossing right over your first sentence, and ignoring the really important question – if Jeter is a Thunderbird, which one is he?

    • historiophiliac - Jul 11, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      What’s the word? Thunderbird!

  11. florida727 - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    I’m not a Yankee fan, but I’m excited to see him coming back. This guy, love him (or his team) or hate him, he is going to go down in history as one of the greatest ever to play the game. He should be appreciated for it. He didn’t cheat. He plays the game the right way. Are his skills what they were 15 years ago? Obviously not, but then again… are YOURS? I say good for you, Derek. Nothing but the best of luck to you.

    • turdfurgerson68 - Jul 11, 2013 at 3:20 PM

      Well said.

      Even ultra-Yankee haters appreciate Jeter (and Riveria’s) class and professionalism.

  12. jayscarpa - Jul 11, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Ichiro Suzuki, CF
    Derek Jeter, DH
    Robinson Cano, 2B
    Vernon Wells, RF
    Lyle Overbay, 1B
    Zoilo Almonte, LF
    Eduardo Nunez, SS
    Luis Cruz, 3B
    Austin Romine, C

    Andy Pettitte, LHP

    • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:40 PM

      That’s an awesome lineup, seeing how it’s 2003. No one tell me what happens on the finale of Dawson’s Creek.

  13. bmoreravens1012013 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:10 PM

    Ortiz is disgusting . He is probably still using steroids for all we know. Baines is still the leader in my eyes because he,wasn’t a steroid cheater.

    • dan1111 - Jul 11, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      That is a good point about Jeter’s return.

      • 18thstreet - Jul 11, 2013 at 1:42 PM

        He’s totally wrong about Ryan Braun, though.

  14. lessick - Jul 11, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Just saw on Twitter (unconfirmed) that Jeter was not announced in Bob Sheppard’s voice. Seems odd, especially since the same tweet pointed out that today is the anniversary of Sheppard’s passing.

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