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.
As far as ejections go, this is one of the stranger ones you’ll hear about. Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre was ejected in the bottom of the eighth inning of a game his team trailed at the time 18-6. Beltre was a few feet away from the circle towards home plate and was asked by Marlins pitcher Drew Steckenrider to get into the circle. So rather than step a few feet back to his right, Beltre picked up the circle and dragged it to where he was. And that got him ejected by second base umpire Gerry Davis. Manager Jeff Banister was also ejected after having a word with Davis.
Here’s a video from Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports:
Beltre, by the way, went 3-for-3 with a walk, a pair of doubles, and a solo home run. He’s now four hits away from 3,000 for his career.
Phillies shortstop prospect J.P. Crawford’s stock has fallen sharply this season. He had an abysmal first three months, batting .203/.321/.276 in 291 plate appearances. Baseball America rated him the 12th overall prospect in baseball going into the season and rated him No. 92 in their midseason top 100. It was bad.
Since the calendar turned to July, however, Crawford has been more like his normal self. In 92 at-bats this month entering Wednesday night’s action, he was hitting .300/.391/.650 with six home runs, 13 RBI, 18 runs scored, and a terrific 15/12 K/BB ratio.
Crawford padded his stats more on Wednesday night as he circled the bases for an inside-the-park grand slam. Via the IronPigs Twitter:
Crawford was actually dead-to-rights at home, but he fooled the catcher with a great late slide.
Crawford finished 1-for-3 with a walk along with the slam on the night as the IronPigs beat the Gwinnett Braves 8-2.