Derek Jeter got a break last night following his emotional Yankee Stadium finale on Thursday, but he’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat second for this afternoon’s game against the Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Jeter left shortstop behind after Thursday’s game, so he’ll be limited to DH or pinch-hitter duties for the final series of his 20-year major league career. These games are meaningless from a standings perspective, but it’s still fitting that he’ll wrap things up against his team’s biggest rival.
This season has been a struggle for Jeter, but he’s going out strong. The 40-year-old batted .353 (12-for-34) with one home run, four doubles, and nine RBI over eight games during his final homestand.
Nationals closer Sean Doolittle will miss more time than expected as he is dealing with a stress reaction in the bridge of his left foot, MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reports. Doolittle started feeling soreness in his left foot two weeks ago and went on the 10-day disabled list on July 10, retroactive to the 7th.
According to Zuckerman, Doolittle’s injury is similar to a bone bruise. The lefty will stop his rehab program and will likely miss several more weeks than expected. The injury caused Doolittle to not participate in the All-Star Game, but his hope was to return shortly after the second half began.
Doolittle, 31, has 22 saves and a 1.45 ERA with a 49/3 K/BB ratio in 37 1/3 innings for the Nationals this season. Kelvin Herrera will likely get the lion’s share of save chances while Doolittle is out.