(Courtesy of the AP)
(Originally published at IIATMS/TYA)
Derek Jeter's battle to return to the playing field for more than a few days raged on yesterday. The Captain resumed baseball activities - a little "tee and toss" hitting according to Joe - after playing catch over the weekend. The activities are obviously a little light. With no real hitting or running involved, it's not like Jeter is close to returning. The plan is to send him to Tampa to continue his rehab work when the team hits the road on Friday, and as of right now there are no plans to activate Jeter when the team returns, even though he's eligible to come off the DL this Sunday.
At this point, Jeter has spent more time this year doing baseball activities than he has playing actual baseball. The rushed rehabs and resulting leg issues have reduced Jeter to just 5 games in 2013. 5 games, 21 measly plate appearances, a season's worth of frustration for both Jeter and the Yankee fans, and a whole lot of questions about what next season could be like. This season is already a wash, whether Jeter makes it back and stays healthy to the end or not. For Jeter and the Yanks, it's next season that's now the concern.