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.