General manager Brian Cashman said last night that Derek Jeter was on track to come off the disabled list early next week and now the Associated Press reports that the injured shortstop is scheduled to be back in the Yankees’ lineup Monday.
Before that happens Jeter will have to avoid a setback with his calf injury while playing in minor-league rehab games Saturday and Sunday, but returning Monday would give him a chance to make a run at 3,000 hits in Yankee Stadium before the All-Star break is followed by an eight-game road trip.
Jeter is currently six hits short of the milestone and has been out since June 13 despite initially saying he wanted to avoid the DL and play through the injury. He was eligible to return yesterday, so clearly forcing the DL stint was the right call by the Yankees.
Jeter, who posted career-worst marks in batting average (.260), on-base percentage (.324), and slugging percentage (.324) in 62 games prior to the injury, went through full workouts yesterday and reported no problems.
Free agent lefty reliever Aaron Loup has been given a locker in the Padres’ clubhouse, AJ Cassavell of MLB.com reported Sunday. Per MLB Network’s Jon Heyman, Loup received a one-year MLB deal with a club option for 2020. The Padres will shift right-hander Garrett Richards to the 60-day injured list to make room on the 40-man roster.
Loup, 31, began the 2018 season with the Blue Jays and was traded to the Phillies for minor league right-hander Jacob Waguespack at the midseason deadline. The veteran left-hander pitched just two innings in Philadelphia before hitting the injured list with a forearm strain and returned for a handful of appearances at the end of the year, bringing him up to a 4.54 ERA, 3.2 BB/9, 10.0 SO/9, and 0.3 fWAR across 39 2/3 combined innings.
Assuming health issues don’t complicate his next campaign in San Diego, Loup will be added to the bullpen alongside fellow left-handers Matt Strahm and José Castillo (with the possible late addition of southpaw reliever Brad Wieck, who underwent surgery for testicular cancer earlier this year). There are worse places to be — according to FanGraphs, the Padres’ ‘pen jumped from second-worst in 2017 to second-best in the league with a cumulative 3.53 ERA, 3.31 FIP, and 8.7 fWAR in 2018.