D.J. Short

Baseball Daily Dose

print article archives RSS

History on Hold

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

It's no secret that Derek Jeter hoped to reach the 3000-hit plateau during the Yankees' current homestand, which concludes Thursday. And he actually had a pretty good chance of accomplishing his goal. Until Monday night, that is.

Jeter, who collected hit No. 2,994 with a first-inning single, left Monday's game after running out a fly ball in the fifth inning. While the injury was originally announced as a sore right calf, an MRI revealed a Grade 1 strain.

Fortunately this type of strain is the least severe, but the Yankees won't make a decision about a potential stint on the disabled list until Tuesday. Of course, the 36-year-old shortstop hasn't been on the disabled list since suffering a dislocated left shoulder in the first game of the season in 2003.

If it turns out that Jeter only has to miss a few days, there's a good chance that he will either make history in Chicago or Cincinnati. If the injury requires a DL-stint, Jeter would be eligible to return for the final two games of an interleague series against the Brewers at Yankee Stadium before heading to Citi Field to take on the Mets.

While Jeter's chase is temporarily on hold, here are some more news and notes from a busy Monday around baseball.

- The Braves may soon get some help for their depleted outfield. Jason Heyward began a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday night, going 1-for-3 with a double and walk while playing seven innings in right field.

Heyward is scheduled to play again on Tuesday before being reevaluated. There's a chance he could return as soon as Wednesday against the Mets, which just happens to be Jason Heyward Bobblehead Day at Turner Field. It's fate.

Heyward has been on the disabled list since May 22 due to recurring soreness in his right shoulder. Coincidence or not, his rehab has really kicked into gear since some pointed comments by Chipper Jones last week. Heyward hit off a tee for the first time on Friday and took batting practice Sunday, so hopefully he's not pushing himself before he's actually ready.

- See everyone? Sometimes we do get good news from Dr. James Andrews.

The Athletics announced Monday that Brett Anderson was given a platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection in his ailing left elbow and will rehab the injury for six weeks. Many speculated that the young left-hander would need Tommy John surgery, but the Athletics have avoided the worst-case scenario here.

Anderson is expected to be reevaluated in three weeks, after which we'll get a better idea about his status moving forward. However, fantasy owners can safely rule him out until August.

- If you stashed Johan Santana on your DL in hopes of using him at some point later this season, you might be waiting for a while. Santana stopped throwing off a mound on June 3 because of soreness in his surgically-repaired shoulder.

The Mets were very careful not to use the word setback here, but it's hard to look at this any other way. Each little hiccup, even a minor one, will push his timeline back a bit further. While the Mets have mentioned late-July as a potential target for his return, we're now looking at early August. And that's if everything else goes right.

The silver lining here is that Santana wasn't sent to a doctor for the soreness and is expected to attempt to throw from a mound again later this week. It's still not a bad gamble to stash Santana if you have the proper room on your disabled list, but he's no sure thing to return this season, nor do we know what pitcher he will be upon his return.

National League Quick Hits: Hunter Pence (back) extended his hitting streak to 23 games in his return to the lineup Monday … Scott Rolen was scratched from Monday's lineup with a sore left foot … David Wright is scheduled to have his back examined on June 24 while Ike Davis will have his left ankle examined on June 22 … Wandy Rodriguez tossed six scoreless innings Monday in his return from the disabled list … Brandon Beachy (oblique) will make his first minor league rehab start Thursday with Triple-A Gwinnett … Cameron Maybin went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored in his return from the disabled list Monday … Vicente Padilla will undergo neck surgery Thursday … Dexter Fowler (abdominal strain) could begin a minor league rehab assignment Tuesday with Triple-A Colorado Springs … Adam LaRoche (shoulder) will sit down with Nationals' officials Tuesday to make a decision about potential season-ending surgery … Kerry Wood was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a blister on his right index finger … Evan Meek was advised to continue rehabbing his right shoulder following a meeting with Dr. James Andrews on Monday … Wade LeBlanc will start in place of Dustin Moseley (shoulder) Tuesday against the Rockies …

American League Quick Hits: An MRI on Justin Morneau's left wrist came back clean … Vernon Wells hit two homers in Monday's win over the Mariners … David Aardsma played catch Monday for the first time since being diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament last month … Russell Martin was scratched from Monday's lineup with lower back stiffness … Phil Hughes (dead arm) is slated to throw 45 pitches Tuesday in an extended spring training game … Travis Hafner (oblique) could begin a minor league rehab assignment with Double-A Akron as soon as Tuesday … The Orioles hope to sign J.J. Hardy to a contract extension … Carlos Carrasco tossed seven scoreless innings against the Yankees on Monday night and hasn't allowed a run over his last 15 1/3 innings … Jeff Niemann (back) will make his final rehab start with Triple-A Durham on Tuesday … Fernando Rodney was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with an upper back strain … Alex Cobb allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings Monday against the Tigers and is expected to make one more start before being sent back to Triple-A Durham …

D.J. Short is a Rotoworld baseball editor and contributes to NBCSports.com's Hardball Talk blog. You can also find him on Twitter.
Email :D.J. Short

Highest Searched Players over the last 7 days

Video Center

    Levitan: Week 8 Drop Options

    Levitan: Week 8 Drop Options

    Wednesday's Fantasy Minute

    Tuesday's Fantasy Minute

    Monday's Fantasy Minute

    Beer's NFL 6-Pack: WR & TE

    Friday's Fantasy Minute
    Levitan: High upside options

    Levitan: High upside options
    RotoPat: Week 7 Rankings

    RotoPat: Week 7 Rankings