The injury news for the New York Yankees got a little worse yesterday when they learned that Derek Jeter would miss more time with a small break in his surgically repaired left ankle. While it’s certainly not the news Yankees fans want to hear; the Bombers will be fine without Jeter.
It sounds ludicrous to say it but the Yankees will survive without Jeter and should be no worse off in July, when ’The Captain’ is expected to return, than they are right now. Don’t get me wrong, Jeter is a big part of the Yankees teams and it would be great to have him on the field but the Yankees are playing well without him and will still be right in the middle of the AL East race when he returns. The Boston Red Sox have gotten off to a quick start but so have the Yankees, who are 8-4 since shaking off the rust of the first two games of the season.
Let’s also not forget that reinforcements are coming in the next few weeks with Curtis Granderson, and hopefully with Mark Teixeira soon after him. The return of those players should boost a Yankees offense that has been better than expected so far this season. Kevin Youkilis, Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner have all regained a little bit of their form from earlier years and helped carry the Yankees offense along with Robinson Cano and Francisco Cervelli. All they need to do is to keep it up for a few more weeks until the cavalry arrives.
However, even more important to the Yankees than their hitting, has been the performance of their pitching staff. The top of the rotation has pitched very well for the Yankees and they’re the biggest reason New York will survive without Derek Jeter for two more months. More often than not baseball comes down to pitching and for the most part, the Yankees have pitched well this year.
It’s not an ideal situation for the Yankees to be without Derek Jeter until after the All-Star break but they can’t miss what they haven’t had this season. The Yankees will be fine without Jeter, for now, and they will still be in the hunt for the playoffs when he returns healthy.
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