Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Jeter's Rickets Wastes Some Tickets

Pardon the pun. The fact of the matter is there are a number of people who are disappointed right now, because they had tickets for the Texas Rangers series that concludes the Yankees current home stand or bought seats in Chicago or Cincinnati as the Yankees go on the road for interleague play. Their blues became official earlier tonight when Derek Jeter was officially put on the 15-day disabled list with a grade one calf strain. It's Jeter first trip to the DL since his devastating shoulder injury in 2003.

Jeter did his best to talk Brian Cashman and company out of putting him on the DL, but with Jeter needing a minimum of a week to recuperate, the Yankees couldn't afford to be shorthanded when playing without the DH in NL towns. Jeter will be eligible to return during a home series against the Milwaukee Brewers at the end of the month. The Brewers series will be the end of a six game home stand and precedes a three game series with the Mets at Citi Field, now the likeliest place for Jeter to get his 3,000th hit.

Ramiro Pena has taken Jeter's spot on the roster and should serve primarily as a late game defensive replacement for Eduardo Nunez.

Brian Cashman told the press that the Yankees are "leaning" towards using Scranton starter David Phelps on Thursday. It could be for just one start with Hector Noesi or Phil Hughes a possibility after that, though Hughes will likely pitch in Trenton or Scranton before being activated.

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