It was a big day in the Bronx for the New York Yankees and their fans on Thursday as Derek Jeter, the Captain…their Captain…made his 2013 season debut after missing nearly the entire first half with a broken ankle. The wait would have been a bit shorter had doctors not found a small crack in the bone near the original break during his recovery, but his return was forced back to the All Star break because of it. For the most part, fantasy owners waited patiently, stashing Jeter on their DL despite the fact that he’s 39-years old and on the downside of an historic career. He had a bit of resurgence last season, but expectations couldn’t have been that high given his age and the severity of the injury.
But regardless of expectations, when news broke late Wednesday that Jeter would make an early return, fantasy owners immediately got him back into their lineups. No sense in waiting until after the All Star break as everyone knew the Captain was anxious to get back onto the field. His unbridled enthusiasm for the game almost assured his owners that he wouldn’t disappoint.
It may not have been pretty, the ol’ swinging bunt in the first, but Jeter got things started on the right foot with an infield single from which he eventually came around to score. He went hitless in his next three at-bats, but he did kick in with an RBI on his ground out in the sixth. Unfortunately though, that’s not even how it ended.
In the spirit of Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira, Jeter added himself to the list of Yankees stars to not just miss significant time with an injury, but to return and leave in the blink of an eye…or the tightness of a quad as the case may be. Yup, that’s right. Jeter left before his fifth at-bat with tightness in his quad and while I thought delaying this piece would allow me to discuss the MRI results, nothing has been revealed yet. So this one remains a “to be continued…”
In other news…
The Rockies got themselves a similar jolt to their lineup as Troy Tulowitzki found his way back into the lineup after missing more than a month with a fractured rib. In actuality, the timetable called for almost two weeks more, but Tulo managed to get himself back and ready. Of course, as you’ll see below, he went 0-for-4 with a few strikeouts, so his timing isn’t quite there yet. Not the worst thing in the world though. I’d rather see poor timing for a game or two than a second trip to the DL a la Yankee-style.
Keep a close watch on the injury report below as there are a number of key injuries popping up. Not everyone is DL-bound which is a relief in many cases, but when you’ve got Jason Heyward, Matt Holliday and Yasiel Puig as players who could miss some time, you’ve got to start making strong contingency plans sooner than later.
While the All Star break can be a nice respite for all of use – the players and us fantasy owners – it’s really just the calm before the storm. Get yourself ready for a bunch of trade action soon as we are now just three weeks away from the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline. I see the Diamondbacks are hunting for pitching with names like Jake Peavy and Yovani Gallardo atop their list.
Now let’s hit the fantasy highlights from Thursday, although in looking at everyone’s numbers, there wasn’t a whole lot that really caught my eye. No one even worth a Beast of the Day tag.
|Alejandro De Aza, OF CHW||3-5, 2 R, 2B, HR, RBI|
|Carlos Gonzalez, OF COL||3-4, R, HR, RBI|
|Wil Myers, OF TB||3-4, 2 RBI, SB|
|Edwin Jackson, SP CHC||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.43 WHIP, 5 K|
|Chris Capuano, SP LAD||W, 0.00 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 8 K|
In truth, this is going to be real brief. This just seemed to be one of those days where you looked at your live scoring and said, “Meh. Not bad. Nothing great, but not bad.” I am still confused by Carlos Gonzalez’ home/road splits and am wondering what’s happening in his personal life in Colorado that, for the first time in his Rockies career, he’s actually posting better road stats. I haven’t found anything out of the ordinary yet, but I’ll start digging a little deeper.
As for the rest of them, Wil Myers is doing ok (nothing great, but nothing terrible), Alejandro De Aza is starting to improve a little and then, while you like seeing starts like these, Chris Capuano and Edwin Jackson are, to me, more for streaming than for regular rotation work.
|Oswaldo Arcia, OF MIN||0-4, 3 K|
|B.J. Upton, OF ATL||0-4, 3 K|
|Troy Tulowitzki, SS COL||0-4, 3 K|
|Ervin Santana, SP KC||L, 14.40 ERA, 2.60 WHIP, 4 K|
|Erasmo Ramirez, SP SEA||ND, 13.50 ERA, 2.14 WHIP, 4 K|
Well, we already welcomed back Tulo, Oswaldo Arcia is still dealing with his bruised hand, and a blow up for Ervin Santana was bound to happen sooner or later. What I do want to address here is B.J. Upton and Erasmo Ramirez.
How long is it going to take before everyone realizes that Upton is not the same guy he was in Tampa. He could still hit for decent power, although the adjustment period for him going from the AL to the NL has been a little longer than anyone would like. But folks are going to have to accept the fact that he’s not going to steal bases like he did with the Rays. Braves manager Fredi Gionzalez is not someone who likes to give the green light on the base paths, plain and simple. It’s one of the reasons Michael Bourn didn’t even consider re-signing with Atlanta. If Upton is going to post any sort of a positive fantasy value, he’s going to have to do it with his bat and not his legs. It’s just not going to happen.
And as far as Ramirez goes…look….lots of people like him, particularly those within the sabre-community. But he’s never been some big, lights-out type of guy. His numbers in the minors have been good, but not “holy crap, look at this guy!” He’s posted a mid-level strikeout rate and fairly decent ratios. Perhaps he’ll get better with age and experience, but if you thought he was just going to come up and dominate, you’re sorely mistaken.
Eric Chavez, 3B ARI – hip (day to day)
Trevor Cahill, SP ARI – hip (15-day DL)
Jason Heyward, OF ATL – hamstring (day to day)
Chris Dickerson, OF BAL – shoulder (day to day)
Alexei Ramirez, SS CHW – leg (day to day)
Ryan Hanigan, C CIN – wrist (15-day DL)
Ronny Cedeno, SS HOU – toe (day to day)
Yasiel Puig, OF LAD – hip (day to day)
Matt Harvey, SP NYM – blister (out for July 13 start)
Derek Jeter, SS NYY – quad (day to day)
Brett Gardner, OF NYY – foot (day to day)
Travis Hafner, DH NYY – foot (day to day)
Neil Walker, 2B PIT – oblique (15-day DL)
Nick Franklin, 2B SEA – knee (day to day)
Matt Holliday, OF STL – hamstring (day to day)
Yu Darvish, SP TEX – trapezius (15-day DL)
Howard Bender has been covering fantasy sports for over a decade on a variety of web sites. You can find his personal musings on RotobuzzGuy.com and for questions, thoughts or comments, you can follow him on Twitter at @rotobuzzguy or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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