As expected, the Yankees have activated Derek Jeter from the disabled list for tonight’s game against the Indians and he’s back in the lineup as the leadoff hitter.
Not only is his .324 on-base percentage the worst of Jeter’s career, it’s the lowest OBP among the nine Yankees hitters with at least 150 plate appearances this season, but manager Joe Girardi has been adamant about keeping him in the leadoff spot.
Jeter, who’s been out since June 13 with a strained calf, will be the American League’s starting shortstop in the All-Star game next week and needs just six hits to reach 3,000 for his career.
In his absence the Yankees went 14-4, with Eduardo Nunez starting all but one game at shortstop while hitting .339 with a .906 OPS. Jeter hit .260 with a .649 OPS in 62 games prior to the injury.
Jon Morosi reports that the Blue Jays and starter Marco Estrada are nearing an agreement on a contract extension. The deal is expected to be for one guaranteed year, Morosi adds.
Estrada, 34, was set to become a free agent after the season. He earned $26 million on a two-year contract signed with the Jays in November 2015. While the right-hander has a subpar 4.84 ERA on the season, he has a solid 170/67 K/BB ratio in 176 2/3 innings and has looked much better since the end of July. Between July 31 and his most recent start on Saturday, Estrada owns a 3.75 ERA.
J.A. Happ is the only other starter technically under contract with the Jays next season. Marcus Stroman will be eligible for his second year of arbitration and the Jays will certainly agree to give him a raise on his $3.4 million salary for the 2017 season. The Jays will likely be active this offseason in adding rotation help and they’re starting early by locking up Estrada.
Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. robbed Orioles first baseman Chris Davis of his 25th home run on Tuesday evening, leaping at the fence in center field to make the catch and keep the game scoreless in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Davis swung at the first pitch he saw from Drew Pomeranz, a slider that crossed the middle of the plate.
This game has potential playoff implications, as the first-place Red Sox hold a three-game lead over the Yankees in the NL East. Meanwhile, the Orioles are still in the AL Wild Card race, trailing the Twins by 5.5 games for the second Wild Card slot.