MLB notes: Derek Jeter declares himself '100% healed'
By QMI Agency
|New York Yankees' Derek Jeter fields a ball during spring training workouts in Tampa, Fla., February 21, 2013. (REUTERS/Scott Audette)
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said Friday that his broken left ankle is good to go.
But that still doesn’t mean he’ll play a full game right away. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Jeter will start as a designated hitter and could be limited to two at-bats per game.
The 38-year-old suffered a dislocated ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series in October.
“It is always reassuring to have someone say that something that was broke is not broken anymore,” Jeter said. “Now, it is just getting through the normal aches and pains that come around it. As long as you know a break has healed, the aches and pains go away in time.”
HUFF NEVER GOT THE CALL
Aubrey Huff waited for a phone call that never came.
After winning his second World Series with the San Francisco Giants last October, the 36-year-old had his option declined by the Bay-area club.
As a result, most looked at Huff as a viable option for a team in need of a first baseman.
But that call never came, bringing Huff’s 13-year major league career to a quiet end.
“I’m pretty much retired,” Huff told the San Francisco Chronicle Friday.
“I have no regrets … I’m having a great time with my wife and kids. I don’t even have an itch to pick up a baseball bat. I wondered if I’d feel that desire when everybody reported to spring training, but I didn’t.”
Asked if he cares to return to AT&T Park to receive his second World Series ring, Huff continued his nonchalance.
“It’s just one more flight I don’t have to take,” he said.
PADRES PROSPECT GOES AWOL
Imagine buying a product for $6.5 million and it doesn’t show up.
Prospective outfielder Donavan Tate told the San Diego Padres he would not report to minor league camp, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.
His reasons for not showing were described by the club as being of a ‘personal’ nature.
The 22-year-old was taken third overall in the 2009 draft but has been riddled with injuries, failed drug tests — not of the performance-enhancing variety — and mandated suspensions.
"There’s Donavan the ball player and Donavan the person,” Padres vice-president Randy Smith said. “He needs to work on one before he can work on the other ... Right now, he’s not ready to be here to work out the baseball part of it.”
Tate hit .226 between single-A Fort Wayne and Lake Elsinore. He stole 21 bases but only had a 60% success rate.
He was a part of the same draft class that brought Stephen Strasburg to the Washington Nationals and Dustin Ackley to the Seattle Mariners.
St. Louis Cardinals shortstop Rafael Furcal is scheduled for Tommy John elbow surgery Wednesday. He’ll be out of the Cardinals lineup for 6-8 months … Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Wade Davis will be a no-show for his first mound start. The 27-year-old is complaining of shoulder soreness. The start would have been his first since September, 2011 … Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira will not require surgery on his strained wrist tendon. However, he’ll still miss 6-8 weeks of game time.