The New York Yankees are ready to get their captain back as he
chases baseball history.
Derek Jeter is expected to return to the lineup and resume his
pursuit of 3,000 hits Monday night when the Yankees open a
three-game road series with the Cleveland Indians.
The Yankees’ all-time hits leader was placed on the disabled
list June 13 with a right calf strain. It came with the iconic
superstar six hits shy of 3,000.
After successful rehab games at Double-A Trenton on Saturday and
Sunday, Jeter will join the Yankees.
“He’s good to go,” said general manager Brian Cashman, who
watched both games in Trenton. “I haven’t talked to (Yankees
manager) Joe (Girardi) about it but he’s ready to go. He’ll play
Jeter went 1 for 2 with a walk in Saturday’s game and was 1 for
2 with a bunt single, a walk and a throwing error in six innings
Asked after Sunday’s game if he’d be playing Monday, Jeter
“It feels good,” Jeter said of his calf. ”I’m looking forward
to getting back and helping the team to continue to play
Jeter’s return comes at a good time since he’s a career .370
hitter in Cleveland.
New York (50-32) had its season-high seven-game winning streak
snapped with Sunday’s 3-2, 10-inning loss to the Mets. An error by
fill-in shortstop Ramiro Pena in the 10th kept the inning alive and
allowed Jason Bay to follow with a game-ending single.
Pena was in the lineup since Eduardo Nunez was held out due to a
tight right hamstring. Nunez went 7 for 8 in the first two games of
the series, and batted .339 in 17 starts in place of Jeter with the
Yankees winning 14 times.
Jeter was named one of four All-Star starters for the Yankees,
with Russell Martin and Mariano Rivera making the squad as
reserves. Rivera blew his fourth save Sunday as he failed to
preserve Freddy Garcia’s eighth win.
Cleveland (44-38) also has a shortstop and closer on the
All-Star team in Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez. Cabrera leads
the Indians in homers (14), RBIs (49) and steals (12).
“What Asdrubal has done this year is nothing short of All-Star
caliber,” manager Manny Acta said. “He’s been a big part of
stabilizing our lineup, that’s for sure. He’s been our best hitter
from day one.”
The Indians have lost 13 of their last 17 against the Yankees
after dropping three of four in New York from June 10-13. Curtis
Granderson went 8 for 17 with six RBIs and Alex Rodriguez was 6 for
15 with six RBIs in that series.
Cabrera was 5 for 18 in that series, and he’s the only healthy
Cleveland player who had more than three hits.
A.J. Burnett (8-6, 4.05 ERA) was the lone Yankee starter to lose
in that series, allowing one run over 7 2-3 innings and striking
out eight in a 1-0 loss in the finale.
The right-hander is also 1-4 with a 7.12 ERA in five career
starts in Cleveland, with Travis Hafner 7 for 20 with a homer
against him overall.
Burnett yielded two runs over seven innings to earn a 5-2 win
over Milwaukee on Wednesday.
Cleveland right-hander Josh Tomlin (9-4, 3.86) will look to do
better than he did when he gave up six runs over five innings in a
9-1 loss to the Yankees on June 12.
Tomlin is 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA in three outings since, allowing
two runs over seven innings Tuesday in a 6-4 loss at Arizona.