MLB notes: Jeter's return pushed back to all-star break

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter sets up for a pitch during the second inning of a MLB spring...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter sets up for a pitch during the second inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Tampa, Florida, March 13, 2013. (REUTERS/Steve Nesius)

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More testing on Thursday revealed a small crack in Derek Jeter’s ankle, which will keep him out of the lineup until after the all-star break.

The New York Yankees shortstop made an unscheduled trip to Charlotte to visit with his ankle surgeon Thursday, according to New York Daily News. A CT scan showed a small crack in the ankle Jeter broke during the playoffs last year.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said there is no timetable for his return, adding that Jeter won’t be back until “sometime after the all-star break” in mid-July.

BIG PAPPY TO RETURN?

The Boston Red Sox could soon be getting their father figure back.

Or so David Ortiz believes after he homered Thursday afternoon in a rehab game with triple-A Pawtucket. He told the Providence Journal it was time go back to the “big team (Friday)”.

“I’m old enough to know what I need to do keep it compact,” he said. “We were taking our time and just trying to do the right thing. It’s time.”

Red Sox manager John Farrell agreed.

“It sounded like he finished up on a positive note,” he said. “He feels good about where he’s at. All things are pointing to his return (Friday) when we get off this trip.”

In six games with Pawtucket, Ortiz went 4-for-18 with four RBIs and six strikeouts.

VALVERDE HEADED TO SINGLE-A

Former Detroit Tigers closer Jose Valverde is getting some good news for a change.

Valverde was given the green light Thursday to move up to single-A Lakeland to pitch in games Friday and Saturday, according to MLB.com

If everything goes well, Valverde could return to the Tigers bullpen by the end of the weekend.

Valverde, who was let go by Detroit in the off-season, signed a minor-league contract with the Tigers after failing to get any other offers.

ZIMMERMAN HAS THE YIPS?

Four errors in five games is a good way to get the attention of your manager.

That is the plight of Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, who has struggled in the field to start the season.

According to Nats Insider, the 2009 Gold Glover has had some mental hurdles to overcome, and its affected his on-field performance. He's made four throwing errors in the last five games.

Zimmerman had arthroscopic surgery on his right shoulder in the off-season, but Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond believes his teammate's woes are confidence related.

“He's never come to me before about how to hit a homer, or how to drive in a runner from second, or how to make a diving play," Desmond said. "So I would imagine his confidence is a little down if he's coming to me. But he's on the right track. It's going to take one clean game to get right back to where he was, and he'll be fine. Like I said, this isn't going to be the downfall of a superhero."

LA RUSSA QUASHES RUMOURS

Los Angeles Angels manager Mike Scioscia can sleep easy.

Former St. Louis Cardinals and three-time World Series winning manager, Tony La Russa, quashed rumours about him taking over as manager of the Angels.

In an interview with Foxsports, La Russa admitted he understands why his name is being brought up in conversations about who could be hired to manage the Angels if Scioscia is fired but he wants them the rumours to stop.

“I’m not going to manage again,” La Russa said Wednesday. “I’m going to work for a team some day, but it won’t be managing.”

La Russa, who works in the MLB commissioner's office, says he is so troubled by the speculation that he has considered backing out of a planned trip to Anaheim this weekend.

BRIEFLY

The Philadelphia Phillies have placed starting pitcher John Lannan on the 15-day disabled list with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee. Lannan was dinged for six earned runs on eight hits in 1 2/3 innings in the Phillies loss to the Cincinnati Reds Wednesday … Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria was placed on the disabled list after suffering an elbow contusion during batting practice Wednesday. He is expected to miss a little more than two weeks … Atlanta Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman is due back Monday, provided he doesn't get hurt during his rehab stint with triple-A Gwinnett. Freeman has been out of the Braves lineup since April 6 with a strained oblique muscle.


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