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Derek Jeter is not close to returning

Aug 12, 2013, 11:32 AM EST

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Oh no! Derek Jeter‘s ongoing health issues stealing the spotlight from the summer of Mariano Rivera!

The Daily News reports that The Captain is not close to returning and that, after the current homestand, where he has been with the team, he’s likely to return to Florida. Joe Girardi says that once he’s down there he’ll be hitting off a tee and doing soft toss and stuff. Which is a couple of steps removed from even minor league rehab games.

Jeter has been on the 15-day disabled list since August 3 with a right calf strain. With a lot more time on the DL ahead of him, it seems, it’s just a lost season, really.

  1. dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:44 AM

    shut him down for the season and a few others, bring up some kids from the farm that deserve a shot and get ready for 2014, thats the best option right now.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

      The Yanks don’t have any SS prospects, until you hit GCL/A ball. It’s Nix/Nunez from here on out.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:58 AM

      Jeter would probably be the best right-handed DH on the team if that is all he could do. If they want to finish with any semblance of respectability they need him at least partially available.

      • bolweevils2 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:55 PM

        Jeter can still hit lefties just fine, thank you. But you do realize his 3 year (2010-2012) OPS vs. RHP is .675 while Soriano’s is .778, don’t you? No way should he be DHing vs. righties.

      • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:06 PM

        That’s my point. Let Jeter be the DH v. lefties if that is all he can do this year. He will still be an improvement. Let Soriano spell Ichiro and Wells (or Mark Reynolds, please) fill in for Overbay and Jeter DH when the Yankees face a LHP.

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:15 PM

      Since the Yankees do not have any ss prospects waiting in the wings, they should just sign dirtharry1971. Harry can’t hit, is a tad old and slow so he would fit in perfectly.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:34 PM

        *insert inflammatory comment about Blue Jays here*

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:49 PM

        That is Harry’s prime occupation. No need for you to put him out of a job.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:22 PM

        How can anyone seriously hate on the Blue Jays???

        Sure, its n to dump on them a little, but its the Blue Jays..

        Don’t take it personally Blue Jay fans, Yankee fans are in shock and prone to say anything; their team isBAD and will be for the next several seasons

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:27 PM

        Alas, Harry is in complete denial.

      • dirtyharry1971 - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:27 PM

        tad old? im a heck of a lot younger then you old man and Nunez is their future at SS, he should get to play the rest of the year there. Hey congrats on another bluejay bullpen melt down today PC, gotta love the lack of any quality pitching on that bluejay team!

    • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:56 PM

      I assume when you say “shut him down for the season and a few others” you mean shutting down Jeter and freezing him in Carbonite for 5 years?

  2. cocheese000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 11:55 AM

    His body is finally breaking down due to years of steroid abuse. And yes I am trolling you yankee fans.

  3. sdelmonte - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    And still I wonder if all three Core Four players might retire instead of just Mo.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:18 PM

      Then there would be one for each color of Johnny Walker. Who get’s blue: Mo or Jeter?

      • sdelmonte - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:46 PM

        Mo. Jeter is a great player but Mo is in a special class, isn’t he? And I say that as someone who doesn’t generally like relievers.

      • unclemosesgreen - Aug 12, 2013 at 5:04 PM

        Mo wants Green.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:19 PM

      I will be really disappointed if Jeter doesn’t read the handwritting on the wall and turn down that option and retire. I still feel he really doesn’t have anything to prove by playing another year…if he CAN play again at all.

  4. km9000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    I dunno, it seems like A-Rod’s doing enough on his own to steal the spotlight from Rivera in his final season. Which just seems so appropriate for A-Rod…

  5. joestemme - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    I think it’s time for A-Roid, Bonds, Clemens, McGuire, Sosa and Canseco to make a little “medical” visit to Derek………………….

    • joestemme - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:45 PM

      Tongue in cheek, guys. Tongue in Cheek……………

      * And, geez, you mention A-Roid around here and the Yankees apologists really come out of the wood-work with their “thumbs down” don’t they?!! What, you guys all think he’s “innocent”?

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:11 PM

        What, you guys all think he’s “innocent”?

        Or your joke isn’t funny? Considering someone made a similar joke a half hour before you…

  6. sfsugator - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Bonds never failed a drug test, and by the way have some respect when you talk about barry, baseballs all time home run king. remember it.

    • km9000 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:20 PM

      Welcome to HBT, Barry.

  7. tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM

    That Jeter pic again….LOL.

    Too bad for the Yankee captain. He and Rivera are the only ones over there I like.

  8. turdfurgerson68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:02 PM

    He’s had a great career for sure. Now that he won’t reach 4000 hits (never mind Rose’ hit record), and now that he’s breaking down, maybe he should seriously contemplate retirement?

    Look at Riviera, he’s suddenly terrible. No need to see Jeter struggling like Rivera.

    Adios Senor Jeter…the HoF awaits you.

  9. chiadam - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    Yankees 2014 Opening Day lineup:
    1B – maybe Texiera
    2B – Cano
    SS -?
    3B – ?
    C – ?
    LF – Soriano
    RF – maybe Granderson
    CF – Gardner
    SP – CC
    RP – ?

    yikes…

    • tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2013 at 1:49 PM

      75 wins. I think I’ll listen to WFAN a lot more next season….

    • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:08 PM

      Why are you convinced that Cano will return? The pending free agent and Boras client might go Hollywood on you.

      • tbutler704 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:13 PM

        He’s not with Boras anymore, but thats not the issue. NYY can’t let him walk….who else do they have, and given that Rodriguez is about to save them ~$26M or so in 2014 all the more reason they’ll keep Cano.

        Of course, all that goes out the window if the Dodgers come in with 9yrs/$225M. I think Hal Steinbrenner will not go that far and Yankee fans will go batshit.

      • proudlycanadian - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:38 PM

        Thanks for the Boras update.

    • anxovies - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:14 PM

      It pretty much looks like every team’s lineup for next season in the age of free agency.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:02 PM

      Srsly? These are guys they already have under contract for next year. They are likely to make offers to some free agents (Cano, Granderson, Kuroda, McCann) and/or explore trades. There are some holes, but this is not too shabby

      1B Tex
      2B Cano (?)
      SS Jeter
      3B (Likely Nunez)
      C Cervelli/Stewart
      OF: Gardner, Wells, Soriano, Ichiro
      SP: Sabathia, Pineda, Nova, Phelps, Nuno/Warren
      RP: Robertson, Kelly, Logan, Banuelos, Warren/Nuno, Claiborn

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:17 PM

        SS Jeter

        I’d love to read the media shitstorm if the Yanks bought out Jeter and didn’t bring him back.

      • cackalackyank - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:34 PM

        Umm you do get that Jeter is only “under contract” for next year if he accepts a player option for @ 9 mil? Right now I just do not think its a gimme that he takes that. He will a) decline and ask for more or b) decline and retire. Since I do not see where anyone can reasonably use his results from this season as an indicator that he will bounce back at age 40 not any great case for getting more.

    • johnnysoda - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:43 PM

      Granderson ain’t coming back for 2014. I’d imagine the outfield will be Gardner and Ichiro for sure, and maybe Zoilo Almonte or Melky Mesa for the third spot.

      Cano is still up in the air for 2B- it all depends on what he wants in a contract.

      Robertson will probably close.

      And like 2013 is Mo’s farewell tour, 2014 will be Jeter’s.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Aug 12, 2013 at 4:26 PM

        Oh no, NY has another player named Melky???

        Oh man, Jon Sterling is gonna…good luck with that Yankee fans.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:34 PM

        Oh man, Jon Sterling is gonna…good luck with that Yankee fans.

        He strikes out like one every two at bats in the minors, he’s not going anywhere.

    • cackalackyank - Aug 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      Taking some really great liberties there aren’t we? Granderson and Cano are not guaranteed. How ever Ichiro, Wells, and Soriano are all ours.

  10. mc1439 - Aug 12, 2013 at 2:56 PM

    I could still use an update on Jeter tomorrow to see how he is progressing.

  11. rcali - Aug 12, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Well, based on this picture, I’d say he could be the Joker in the next Batman movie.

  12. theskinsman - Aug 12, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Call it a career,just make sure Hal and Triple Chins Hanky pay you every cent, those gift baskets aren’t free.

  13. sidelineshot - Aug 12, 2013 at 8:35 PM

    Solution:

    – Switch A-Rod to shortstop
    – He will get hurt reaching to his let and right and all of the running and throwing
    – The insurance will take care of the salary
    – The team doesn’t have to put up with his cr*p

  14. Tom in Desoto, TX - Aug 13, 2013 at 6:28 PM

    At least the Yankees got ONE GOOD YEAR out of that 3 year contract, 2014 can’t be worse but how much better?

    Cano would be foolish not to go elsewhere. He’d be the only healthy one in the infield with any regularity. CC’s not looking good, Koroda almost 40, Ivan Nova? Bye Bye Hughes. Only Gardner in the OF is reasonably healthy. Ichriio’s near 40, Granderson. Anyone want to Catch? With the $ that’s commited the Yankees can’t buy any talent. If Cano would sign that would be a 1/2 BILLION to the infield for guys who uses canes and walkers. Cano doesn’t run anything out so it’s just like a walker. Cano to the Dodger? They have money and Ellis is easily replaced. Cellar dwellers for a few years to come.

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