Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jeter Update

The official word on The Captain (not me) is that it's a Grade 1 calf strain, which is the lowest level of calf strain that one can suffer.  That's the good news.  The bad news is that it's unlikely Jeter will play tonight against Texas and even more unlikely he will be able to get his 3,000th hit at home during the rest of this homestand.

While the low level strain and Jeter's toughness are positives, the Yankees also have to be realistic about the situation.  The Horse missed 14 games with a similar injury last season, Jeter is 37 years old, and he plays a position that requires lots of movement and range, something his UZR stats show he already doesn't have.  Add in the fact that he's a groundball machine hitting leadoff, so the chances he'll be trying to leg out infield hits are high, and this is the type of thing that could linger all season long if it isn't allowed to completely heal.  It sucks, but the best thing to do is put Jeter on the 15-Day DL and see how it feels when he comes back.

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