Looking up and down the New York Yankees depleted 2013 roster, it’s a wonder how they are even in the hunt to win the AL East. If any other MLB team was forced to deal with the rash of injuries that NY has been handed, it would be trying to stay out of last place. Believe it or not, the Yankees are only six games behind the Boston Red Sox for the division lead and are getting a much-needed boost on Thursday.
You guessed it — Derek Jeter will reportedly be in the lineup for New York when they host the Kansas City Royals this afternoon. After seeing Jeter man the Yankees’ shortstop spot for the last 18 years, the Big Apple has been at a loss for words without its captain in uniform.
However, the Bronx Bombers’ faithful have all but gotten used to the high-priced sluggers being out of the lineup. For instance: Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodrgiuez all combined to play a grand total of 15 games this entire season. What’s the best part about that fantastic trio? Everyone in it is getting paid handsomely as each aforementioned player is owed upwards of $20 million in 2013.
Oh — the life of a Yankees slugger.
A lineup riddled with backups has done its best, but it’s time for the money-making bat in the middle of the lineup to take the bull by the horns. Maybe No. 2 being back and setting the table will make the jobs of Robinson Cano, Vernon Wells and Travis Hafner much easier.