Andy McCullough of the Newark Star-Ledger has an update on the health status of one Derek Jeter:
Jeter is scheduled to play as a designated hitter again on Monday. After that, he said, it’s possible he could play shortstop in a game. He plans to discuss the situation with manager Joe Girardi.
“If that’s what he feels he’s ready to do, then we’ll do it,” Girardi said. “He has a 100-percent clearance from the doctor.”
Jeter recieved that “100-percent clearance” on Thursday after meeting with the North Carolina-based physician who performed his October ankle surgery. He served as the Yankees’ DH in his Grapefruit League debut on Saturday, going 1-for-2. Jeter will DH again on Monday but may return to shortstop Tuesday or Wednesday.
Jeter, 38, batted .316/.362/.429 with 15 home runs, 99 runs scored and 58 RBI in 740 plate appearances last season for New York. He broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers.
CC Sabathia‘s contract with the Yankees expires after the 2017 season but the lefty feels that he has enough left in the tank to pitch in 2018 and beyond, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports.
Sabathia said, “I just know myself. I know I feel like it’s not my time yet. Barring any crazy injuries I know I can pitch past next year. I feel like this is just the beginning of what I’m trying to do. I feel like there’s a lot more still to learn and a lot better to get. It’s exciting.”
The 36-year-old lefty currently holds a 4.02 ERA and a 144/63 K/BB ratio in 172 1/3 innings. It’s his best and healthiest season since 2012. He battled a knee injury last season and checked into rehab for alcohol addiction last October. Sabathia said that being treated for his addiction put him “in a good spot.”
Sabathia is owed $25 million through a vesting option for the 2017 season.
The Red Sox can thank the Orioles for not having to fight to clinch the division on Thursday or later. The Orioles came from behind to defeat the Blue Jays 3-2 on Wednesday evening, clinching the AL East for the Red Sox.
A few minutes after that game went final, the Red Sox squandered a 3-0 lead taken in the eighth inning, culminating in a walk-off grand slam by Mark Teixeira in the bottom of the ninth inning. Closer Craig Kimbrel started the ninth, but didn’t have control over any of his pitches. He allowed a leadoff single followed by three consecutive walks to force in a run. Joe Kelly relieved Kimbrel and seemed to be close to wriggling out of the jam, getting Starlin Castro to strike out looking and Didi Gregorius to pop up. But after starting Teixeira with a first-pitch curve ball for a strike, Teixera clobbered a 99 MPH fastball, sending it over the fence in right-center to end the game.
For the Yankees, the come-from-behind victory was crucial as it staved off Wild Card elimination for one more day.
This is the first time the Red Sox have clinched the AL East since 2013, also the last year they won the World Series.