Derek Jeter’s May 1 comeback projection was taken off the table yesterday, but last night Joe Girardi said it’s NOT a setback. David Waldstein of the New York Times reports:
“Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls … They talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many. Derek is such a creature of habit, to get him to break a cycle sometimes is difficult. He’s going to want to do as much as he can as soon as he can, so we’re just trying to make sure he doesn’t go too fast. But there was no setback.”
I have no doubt that Jeter is working his butt off to come back. But I gotta tell ya, I’m really not looking forward to the commentary about how Jeter is such a fierce competitor that he tried to out-work and out-Captain everyone in an effort to come back as soon as he can, which I presume is in the offing. If this really is a matter of him doing more than his body can handle faster than it can handle it, he’s not doing the Yankees or himself any favors. The best thing for everyone is that he come back when he’s ready to be 100%.
As expected, Major League Baseball’s league-wide home run record, set in 2000, was tied and surpassed on Tuesday night, both by players named Alex who play for AL Central teams.
Tigers outfielder Alex Presley tied the record at 5,693, per MLB.com’s David Adler, with a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth inning against Athletics starter Daniel Gossett. Royals outfielder Alex Gordon broke the record roughly 12 minutes later with a solo home run to lead off the top of the eighth inning against Blue Jays reliever Ryan Tepera.
Major League Baseball saw the record nearly broken last year, when 5,610 home runs were hit. The only other season above 5,500 was 1999 at 5,528.
Earlier this month, Yankees starter CC Sabathia jawed at the Red Sox after Eduardo Nunez laid down a bunt. Sabathia fielded it fine, but threw the ball away for an error. After the game, he called Nunez’s bunt “weak” and said the Red Sox should “swing the bat.” Sabathia, of course, is not that limber these days. Along with being 37 years old, the lefty has also battled knee and hamstring issues this season.
The Twins apparently didn’t hear what Sabathia had to say about bunting. After Brian Dozier singled off of Sabathia to lead off the top of the first inning on Tuesday, Joe Mauer laid down a bunt on the third base side and reached safely. Jorge Polanco then laid down a bunt of his own, also on the third base side, and was initially ruled out, but after replay review was ruled safe to load the bases with no outs.
Fortunately for Sabathia, he was able to limit the damage, getting Eduardo Escobar to ground into a run-scoring 6-4-3 double play and inducing an inning-ending ground out from Byron Buxton. It’ll be interesting, though, to see if the Twins continue to bunt against Sabathia throughout the night.