Jeter's Latest Setback

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Derek Jeter's journey back from his broken ankle took a massive detour on Thursday. Jeter resumed on-field activities last week,but was having what Yankees GM Brian Cashman called“issues" with the ankle. That prompted a visit Thursday to Charlotte and surgeon Dr. Robert Anderson, who did a CT scan that revealed the new fracture. Jeter was diagnosed with a small crack in his surgically repaired left ankle, a setback that will keep him sidelined until after the All-Star break. Its unfortunate news for Jeter and the Yankees. Fantasy owners really need to stay away from the majority of the Yankees lineup these days.

 MLB News & Notes

  • Matt Wieters was the hero on Thursday night when he crushed a walk-off grand slam in a 10-6 win over the Tampa Bay Rays in the 10th. Wieters has struggled so far this season, but there is still plenty of time for that long-awaited breakout to happen.
  • Justin Upton crushed his major-league leading ninth home run Thursday against the Pirates. He is already half way to his season total of 17 from all of 2012. What were the Diamondbacks thinking??
  • Carlos Villanuevaearned his first victory with the Cubs as he shut down the Rangers on Thursday. Villanueva struck out six and allowed just two runs on just four hit in seven innings. His history suggests that there will be regression, but fantasy owners should enjoy the hot streak.
  • Didi Gregorius made his season debut Thursday and doubled and homered against the Yankees. Gregorius has been dealing with an elbow injury at the beginning of the season and the Diamondbacks will be conservative with his playing time. Gregorius is better know for his glove work not his power, so fantasy owners need to temper their excitement and not expect consistent power.
  • Freddie Freeman (oblique) will begin a minor league rehab assignment tonight at Triple-A Gwinnett. Freeman was cleared for game action after making it through a workout Thursday. He's scheduled to play rehab games on Friday and Saturday and should be activated on Monday in Colorado.
  • Evan Gattis hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Pirates. Gattis continues to impress and it may become more difficult for Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez not to give him somewhat regular at-bats once Brian McCann returns from shoulder surgery. Gattis now has 5 home runs in 43 at-bats.
  • Justin Verlanderstruck out 12 over seven innings Thursday against the Mariners. Verlander allowed two runs and issued just one walk, but got no offensive support in the loss. Verlander's been his typical dominant self to start the season, but the Tigers offense needs to wake up.
  • David Ortiz reports that he is ready to return to the Red Sox lineup on Friday. Ortiz has been dealing with inflammation in both of his heels, but he has been playing in rehab games the past few days and now he feels ready to go.
  • Corey Hart (knee) said he had a "good checkup" with team physician William Raasch on Thursday. Hart was placed on the 60-day DL, so he can't be activated before May 30. The good news for the Brewers is that he remains on pace to return around that time.

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