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Yankees promote five players as rosters expand

There were some new faces in the Yankees clubhouse Sunday plus some familiar faces that had been in the minors recently. On the day active rosters are allowed to expand from 25 to up to 40 players, the Yankees recalled pitchers Dellin Betances and Brett Marshall and infielder David Adams from Triple A Scranton.

Also brought up were pitcher Cesar Cabral, whose contract was purchased from Scranton, and catcher J.R. Murphy, who signed a major league contract and was selected off the Scranton roster. To create roster space for Cabral and Murphy, the Yankees transferred infielder Jayson Nix (fractured left hand) to the 60-day disabled list and released outfielder Melky Mesa. Pitcher Preston Claiborne is expected to join the team Monday when the Yankees open a three-game series against the White Sox.

About the added personnel, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, “Just contribute any way they can is the bottom line. It can be one hitter, it can be one at-bat; could play one inning. Any way you could help us out is all we’re asking you to do.”

That said, Girardi reiterated his dislike of the expanded-roster period and belief that each game managers should have to designate which 25 players are eligible to play that day. It is an idea worth pursuing by Major League Baseball which to this point it has not.

Jeter to rejoin Yankees in Toronto Monday

More reinforcements are coming for the Yankees. Barring injury, Derek Jeter will return to the Yankees Monday night when they open a three-game series at Toronto’s Rogers Centre. The Captain is on an injury-rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Scranton and was to play seven innings at shortstop Saturday night. He is expected to go through a light workout Sunday and then fly to Toronto to rejoin the Yankees.

Jeter was 0-for-3 with a walk Friday night and showed that his legs are back in shape by scoring on a wild pitch. He was out the entire first half while recovering from two bone fractures in his left ankle and was disabled again after coming back due to a right quadriceps strain.

The Yankees had more good news regarding Brett Gardner, who was hit in the right hand by a pitch from the Rays’ Chris Archer in Friday night’s 7-2 loss. X-rays were negative. Gardner was not in the lineup Saturday night, but it had nothing to do with his hand and everything to do with David Price being the opposing pitcher.

Manager Joe Girardi said that whenever a lefthander opposes the Yankees at least one of the three left-handed hitting outfielders has to be on the bench. Girardi chose to go with Curtis Granderson, who has four career home runs against Price, and Ichiro Suzuki, who entered the game with a 1-for-3 history against Price. Gardner, who is 2-for-14 (.143) in his career against Price, was essentially bitten by the computer.

Girardi was also forced to use Mark Reynolds at first base against Price because Lyle Overbay was still down with the flu. Reynolds had only four hits in 24 at-bats (.167) in his career against Price, but three of the hits were home runs. Overbay is 4-for-12 (.333) off Price.

Jeter to begin rehab stint Thursday

The Yankees got some good news Wednesday. Derek Jeter will begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment Thursday night at Triple A Scranton. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the captain will play five innings at shortstop Thursday night and that there is no timetable for his return to the Yankees.

There has been speculation that Jeter might join the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the coming weekend series against the Rays, but Girardi shot that down. “We’ll just see how he responds day to day,” the skipper said.

That makes sense. Jeter has been forced back on the disabled twice this season trying to come back from two fractures in his left ankle. In each case, his legs did not prove strong enough to play on a regular basis.

Cash responds to A-Rod’s quest for 2nd opinion

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman issued a statement Wednesday regarding reports that Alex Rodriguez had Dr. Michael Gross, an orthopedic surgeon from Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, review the MRI on the third baseman’s left quadriceps muscle.

“I heard via a text message this afternoon from Alex Rodriguez that he had retained a doctor to review his medical situation. In media reports, we have since learned that the doctor in question has acknowledged that he did not examine Mr. Rodriguez and that he was not retained to do a comprehensive medical examination of Mr. Rodriguez. Contrary to the Basic Agreement, Mr. Rodriguez did not notify us at any time that he was seeking a second opinion from any doctor with regard to his quad strain.

“As you know, it is the Yankees’ desire to have Alex return to the lineup as soon as possible. And we have done everything to try and accomplish this.

“As early as Friday, July 12, when I suggested to Alex that we move his rehab from Tampa to Triple-A Scranton [at Buffalo], Alex complained for the first time of ‘tightness’ in his quad and therefore refused to consent to the transfer of his assignment. Again, last Sunday, Alex advised that he had stiffness in his quad and should not play Sunday or Monday. We sent Alex to New York-Presbyterian Hospital for an MRI which evidenced a Grade 1 strain.

“As always, we will follow the rules and regulations set forth in the Basic Agreement, and will again re-evaluate Alex in Tampa [Thursday] as our goal is to return him to the lineup as soon as he is medically capable of doing so.”

Quad injury delays A-Rod’s return to Yanks

The anticipated return to the Yankees this week of third baseman Alex Rodriguez ran into a detour Sunday when an MRI performed by Dr. Chris Ahmad, the team physician, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital revealed a Grade 1 strain of his left quadriceps. That is the same condition that landed shortstop Derek Jeter on the 15-day disabled list last week.

Rodriguez, who was on an injury-rehabilitation assignment at Triple A Scranton, did not play Saturday night after reporting tightness in the quad. The three-time American League Most Valuable Player had been scheduled to rejoin the Yankees Monday in Arlington, Texas, where they open a four-game series against the Rangers. A-Rod had to go to New York instead and now will return to the Yankees’ minor-league facility at Tampa for rest and treatment.

He issued a statement through his personal publicist that read, “I am extremely disappointed with the results of the MRI and hoping to be back as soon as possible and continue with my goal of coming back and helping the Yankees win a championship.”

Since Sunday was the last day of Rodriguez’s 20-day rehab, he must remain on the DL and is no longer eligible to play in minor-league games because the 20-day window has expired but he will not be reinstated to the 25-man roster. The Yankees may petition Major League Baseball for an additional rehab assignment for Rodriguez due to this new injury.

In 13 minor-league games for four Yankees farm clubs, Rodriguez batted a combined .200 with one double, two home runs, eight RBI, one walk and 12 strikeouts in 40 at-bats.

Jeter back on the shelf at least through All-Star break

APJeet Derek Jeter (AP Photo)

Derek Jeter officially became a part of the Yankees’ 2013 season Thursday. And following in the gingerly footsteps of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis, Jeter took a big step back after making a step forward off the disabled list.

The Captain hasn’t been put back on the DL yet. The Yankees have decided to wait out the All-Star break to see if the Grade 1 strain of Jeter’s left quadriceps improves with rest. The goal now is to have DJ back in harness by July 19 when the Yanks start the post-break schedule against the first-place Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Jeter will sit out this weekend’s three-game series against the Twins after which he will have four more days during the All-Star break to allow his condition to heal. General manager Brian Cashman said before Friday night’s game that the DL remains an option that the Yankees hope they will not have to use as they were forced to with the re-injuries of Granderson, Teixeira and Youkilis. In addition, catcher Francisco Cervelli had a setback during his rehabilitation from a fractured right hand.

Jeter missed 91 games while recovering from surgery to repair a fractured left ankle and a broken bone in another part of the same ankle. He was activated Thursday and went 1-for-4 in the 8-4 victory over the Royals at Yankee Stadium but had to come out of the game because of the quad injury sustained as he tried to beat out an infield single.

There is no idle gear in Jeter’s game, so such an injury is not all that surprising for a player who just turned 39 and has not played a game of nine innings in 10 months. Before wondering if the Yankees made a mistake in bringing Jeter up too early, be mindful that the injury could just as well have occurred if he had played that day at Triple A Scranton. Again, Jeter knows no other way to play but full throttle. Now he is forced to back off once more.

“It’s frustrating,” Jeter said. “I don’t know what else you want me to say. I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team. It’s not how you draw it up, but hopefully I’ll be back out there soon and help this team win some games.”

Jeet hopes latest leg issue is minor

I saw something Thursday that I never saw before nor ever expected to see – Derek Jeter not running hard to first base. Jeter is on my list of players I have covered over the years who always – always – gave it their all running down the line, right up there with Pete Rose, Dave Winfield and Mookie Wilson.

So when I saw Jeet jogging the final third of the way to first base in the sixth inning I figured something was up. When Yankees manager Joe Girardi sent Brett Gardner up as a pinch hitter for Jeter in the eighth, my suspicions were confirmed. After the game, Suzyn Waldman of WCBS Radio and Meredith Marakovits of the YES Network were informed that Jeter would be unavailable for an on-field, postgame interview.

The warm and fuzzy feeling brought on by Jeter’s return to the Bronx Thursday turned gloomy when it was learned that in his first game back with the Yankees in 2013 Jeter felt tightness in his right quadriceps. Actually, the muscle tightened up slightly in his previous at-bat when he also tried to beat out a ground ball.

The Captain did that all game. He was not at shortstop but as the designated hitter as Girardi decided to ease Jeter back into the mix. DJ beat out an infield single in his first at-bat to the absolute delight of the Yankee Stadium crowd of 40,381 and grounded out his other three times up. On the last one, the quad wouldn’t allow him to go full throttle, which is as rare a sight as there can be in the major leagues.

Of course, Jeter considered the situation minor and fully expects to be back in the lineup Friday night against the Twins.

“It’s not frustrating yet,” he said. “We’ll see what the tests say. I hope it’s not a big deal.”

We have been down the road with Jeter before on these matters. He played much of the 2012 postseason on a weak left ankle that eventually gave way and shattered to knock him out of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers. While on the rehabilitation trail, the ankle broke in another spot pushing his recovery back toward the All-Star break, which is next week.

Jeter is back in pinstripes earlier than planned although later than he wanted. He could have done without the at-bats in the minors but acknowledged, “I understand you have to play games, but I felt that I was ready.”

The original plan was for Jeter to come back to the Yankees and play Friday night after another game as a DH for Triple A Scranton. Jeter was surprised when he returned a call from general manager Brian Cashman telling him to come to New York for Thursday’s game.

Leg injuries to Gardner and Travis Hafner Wednesday night had left the Yankees short. Jeter reached his Manhattan apartment at around 2:30 a.m., got to sleep at around 4, woke up at 6:30 and could not get back to sleep so he decided to get up and go to the Stadium early.

“No disrespect to rehab assignments, but this is Yankee Stadium,” Jeter said. “There’s a huge difference. For me, it was almost like Opening Day. The fans gave me a nice ovation.”

No one in the Stadium could hear the tape of the late Bob Sheppard announcing Jeter as he strode to the plate in the first inning because of the crowd’s reaction. The plate appearance allowed Jeter to tie teammate Mariano Rivera for the most seasons played (19) with the Yankees.

“I thought about that first at-bat ever since I got hurt,” Jeter said, “and I knew I was going to swing at the first pitch.”

Which he did; he hit a topper down the third base line and beat it out for his first hit of the year. He showed no leg problems running to third on a single by Robinson Cano and had a nice trot to the plate on Vernon Wells’ scoring fly ball. On that other trot in the sixth, Jeet was credited with a run batted in as Luis Cruz scored from third base. It was a nice beginning for Jeter, who got his first hit, first run and first RBI out of the way all in the same game.

Perhaps it was just an illusion, but all the Yankees seemed to have more spring in their step with the Captain back. They overcame deficits of 3-0 and 4-1 to take an 8-4 decision and earn a split of the four-game set with the Royals, which is meaningful after having lost the first two games. Three straight two-out singles by Lyle Overbay, Zoilo Almonte and Eduardo Nunez produced four runs in the fifth as the Yankees took control of the game.

The winning decision went to Andy Petttitte (6-5), who passed Bob Gibson on the all-time list of pitching victories with 252. It was not vintage Pettitte, who made an error on a bunt play and had his outfielders working overtime running down long drives. The way the offense has struggled so much of the season, three-run deficits can seem enormous to the Yankees, but Pettitte and the bullpen held KC scoreless after the second inning and waited for the hitters to take their cue from Jeter.

Now it is a matter of waiting for the test results to determine the severity of Jeter’s condition. At 39, the healing process can have more delays, which Jeter understands if reluctantly.

“Age doesn’t creep into my mind when I’m playing,” he said. “Maybe in the morning. . .”

So we wait for Friday morning and hope Thursday wasn’t too good to be true.

Nunez gets back into the mix

An injured infielder returned to the Yankees Saturday. Relax; it was not Derek Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, although they may not be far behind. Eduardo Nunez was back in the lineup at shortstop and got into the swing of things with contributions in three rallies against Orioles righthander Chris Tillman.

Nunez had a sacrifice fly to drive in one of the runs in the Yankees’ two-run second inning as they clawed back from a 3-0 deficit to make it a one-run game. After Baltimore pushed its lead to 4-2, Nunez got a fifth-inning attack started with a single to right field and eventually scored the first run that inning on a single behind second base by Ichiro Suzuki. Chris Stewart, who had singled after Nunez, scored the tying run on a single to left by Robinson Cano.

The Yankees took the lead for the first time in the sixth inning on Nunez’s second hit of the game. It scored Lyle Overbay, who led off the inning with his third single of the game and was advanced to second on a two-strike sacrifice by Luis Cruz.

Nunez was reinstated from the 60-day disabled list. He had been out for two months with a left oblique strain. Nunez said that when he first got hurt he did not think it would take this long for him to recover.

“Maybe one week,” he said. “But I had big setbacks twice. It was tough, but now I’m here again.”

Manager Joe Girardi did not hesitate to return him to the lineup but said he would be careful with Nunez.

“Don’t be surprised if I give him a day off here and there over the next week or so just because he is probably not equipped to play the next nine days in a row,” Girardi said. “He’s probably not in that type of shape yet. I have to be smart about it.”

To make room on the 25-man roster for Nunez, the Yankees place pitcher David Phelps on the 15-day DL because of a right forearm strain. Girardi said the righthander reported soreness after his winning decision Thursday at Minneapolis. Phelps’ next scheduled start Wednesday against the Royals at Yankee Stadium will now be made by Ivan Nova, who pitched a complete-game victory Friday night.

As for Jeter and Rodriguez, both were scheduled to continue injury-rehabilitation assignments in the minors. Jeter was to play Saturday night for Triple A Scranton against Lehigh Valley. Pitcher Michael Pineda, also on injury-rehab, was to start for Scranton. A-Rod was to play for Class A Tampa against the Marlins’ Florida State League affiliate at Viera, Fla.

Jeter cleared to begin injury rehab at Scranton

Derek Jeter may be back in pinstripes soon. The Captain was cleared Friday by the Yankees to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment and is scheduled to play five innings Saturday night for Triple A Scranton at home against Lehigh Valley. Jeter is recovering from two fractures in his left ankle, the second of which forced him to be shut down after five spring-training games.

“I know that he has been dying to get back out there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He would be here tomorrow if it was up to him.”

Girardi would not put a timetable for the returns of either Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, who was to continue his rehab Friday for Class A Tampa at Lakeland, Fla.

“I don’t ever put time limits on players coming back from injury,” Girardi said. “You can’t bring a guy back before he’s ready.”

Former Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui is scheduled to throw batting practice to players on the Yankees’ Class A Staten Island affiliate Saturday, prior to the team’s 7 p.m. home game against Hudson Valley. Matsui is also scheduled to throw BP for the team Monday and Tuesday at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

A-Rod cleared by Yanks to play injury-rehab games

Yankees fans have to hope that Alex Rodriguez’s comeback from injury goes better than that of Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Kevin Youkilis. All three ended up back on the disabled list after briefly returning to action. Teixeira, who need surgery on his left wrist, will be gone for the rest of the season. The Yankees are hopeful that Granderson, who broke his hand, will return sometime later this month and Youkilis, who required spinal surgery, perhaps in September.

Rodriguez, who had off-season left hip surgery, was finally given clearance to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment by the Yankees Monday and will play a minimum of three innings for Class A Charleston Tuesday night. The Yanks chose the South Carolina affiliate because there are weather issues for Triple A Scranton and Double A Trenton, although A-Rod eventually will make stops in both minor-league towns as he works his way back to the Yankees.

“I’m actually very excited,” Rodriguez told reporters in Tampa where he has been working out at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “It will be the first game I’ve played in maybe over eight months. It has been a long time. And it will be great to suit up again. Its gets me one step closer to helping my team win in New York.’’


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