“He looked as good as at any point that I had seen him in spring training,” said manager Joe Girardi, who has been watching videotapes of Jeter’s workouts in Tampa, Fla.
Cleveland has caught “Indians fever” — partially due to former Yankee Nick Swisher.
Yankees have activated Phil Hughes from the DL. He will start Saturday night against the Tigers. To make room, the Yankees sent reliever Cody Eppley to Triple-A.
Curtis Granderson will soon resume throwing and could return to the lineup in May. If all goes well for the Yankees, they could have Granderson, Jeter and Teixeira back by May 1.
Eduardo Nunez, filling in for injured shortstop Derek Jeter, left the game in the fourth inning after being hit by a pitch as Ivan Nova and the Yankees fell to the Tigers in the opener of the three-game series.
Derek Jeter is taking part in long toss and undergoing therapy in Tampa, according to CBSSports.com/WFAN baseball insider Jon Heyman, so he doesn’t exactly appear to be on the fast track back to the Bronx.
Neil Keefe was embarrassed by the Opening Day performance from CC Sabathia and the makeshift Yankees lineup.
They are still the Yankees, so expectations are high. But those expectations will quickly dissolve into disaster. Baseball in the Bronx will be memorable this year, but for all the wrong reasons.
Facing a Yankees lineup minus injured Derek Jeter for the first time since 2001 and just three starters from Opening Day a year ago, Jon Lester gave up five hits and two runs in five sharp innings against the defending AL East champions.
It was a different Robinson Cano at the WBC. Wearing his country’s name on his chest brought out his leadership. The Yankees will need some of that early on.
Andy Pettitte expects big things from the Yankees in 2013.
Aside from a brilliant half-season during an 18-8 2010, Hughes has been a huge disappointment. Now, nearing 27, with the sheen of youth scrubbed off and the “upside” banner quite tattered, it’s time for Hughes to pitch up to snuff.
Lyle Overbay has emerged as the top contender to be the Yankees’ starting first baseman with Mark Teixeira beginning the season on the disabled list.
October baseball is almost a divine right in the view of the Yankees. But there are doubts this year. Lots of them.
Jeter is undergoing treatment for his sore left ankle, which is still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter on Saturday in a minor league exhibition.
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