07/14/11 11:55 PM ET
Jeter addresses criticism over All-Star Game
By Alden Gonzalez / MLB.com
Speaking prior to the ceremonial start of the second half from Rogers Centre on Thursday, Jeter sounded a bit miffed by the criticism surrounding his absence.
"I understand disappointment," Jeter said. "I was disappointed; I told [the media] I was disappointed when I made the decision. It wasn't an easy decision, but I felt it was a decision that was best for our team for the second half of the season. I understand the disappointment, but I was just surprised by the coverage of it, especially considering that it wasn't a story until Tuesday."
Many of the All-Stars publicly defended Jeter's absence, though some talked about how players should show up even if they're not taking part in the game.
Among those was the Mets' Carlos Beltran, who said, "I don't know if his calf's still bothering him or not. Jose [Reyes] is on the DL, [but] Jose decided to come. I do believe that as a ballplayer, if you have no injuries, you should be here, because the fans are the ones who vote for you, who want to see you here. But if those players have injuries, sometimes they prefer to get the rest and take treatments, and try to get better for the season."
Jeter responded by saying, "If I went out there, I was going to play. If I went out there, that was the plan, to play."
And when told about the comments made by Beltran and the Cardinals' Lance Berkman, who made a similar statement, he said, "I'm happy they had good first halves. Congratulations to them for making the All-Star Game. I've never commented on people unless I know all the facts. I guess that's the best way to put it."
Jeter also dismissed a FOXSports.com story that attributed anonymous sources in reporting that Jeter missed the All-Star Game because of "emotional and physical exhaustion" from his pursuit of 3,000 hits, saying that the calf was the sole reason he stayed away.
The 37-year-old missed 18 games with a right calf strain before being activated on July 4, then appeared in all six of the Yankees' contests heading into the All-Star break.
On Friday he joined third baseman Alex Rodriguez and closer Mariano Rivera in deciding against participating in the All-Star Game because of injury. The following day he looked healthy while hitting a homer for his 3,000th hit and capping the day 5-for-5.
In some circles that performance increased the criticism of his decision not to play in the All-Star Game.
"Last I checked," he said, "the head baseball official had no problem with it."
That would be Commissioner Bud Selig, who voluntarily defended Jeter, saying, in part, "I know why Derek Jeter isn't there, and I respect that. And I must tell you, I think I would have made the same decision that Derek Jeter made."
Manager Joe Girardi joined the chorus on Thursday.
"He had a reason he didn't go; I respect Derek for that reason," Girardi said. "He felt that he needed the rest coming off the calf injury, which could become an issue, and I think [the criticism is] unfair."
For the record, Jeter stated that his calf is fine, and that he believes the days off did help.
"I do," he said. "It's just interesting, because when I got hurt, everybody's talking about how difficult an injury it is and [how] it takes until the offseason and it's serious, and you don't want to come back too soon. And then I decided to take some days to help out, and it turned into this. Yeah, the days help."
A-Rod placed on DL; Golson called up
TORONTO -- Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was officially placed on the disabled list Thursday, and outfielder Greg Golson was called up to fill the void on the 25-man roster.
Manager Joe Girardi said the team made the decision because the Yankees would be facing two lefty starters in their four-game series against the Blue Jays -- Jo-Jo Reyes in Thursday's opener and Ricky Romero on Saturday.
Golson, who hit .261 in 23 at-bats for the Yankees last season, was batting .295 with five homers, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. While there, the 25-year-old right-handed-hitting speedster played 31 games in center field and 14 at each outfield corner.
Golson hurt his right hamstring in early May and missed about a month, but said it's feeling much better now.
"It was surprising," Golson said about his first callup of the year. "I was in Austin, [Texas], for the All-Star break yesterday, and then they called me and I got on the plane."
Rodriguez underwent arthroscopic surgery to correct a meniscus tear on his right knee on Monday, and is expected to miss four to six weeks. Eduardo Nunez is expected to get the majority of the playing time at third base while Rodriguez is out, with Ramiro Pena getting some action there.
"I talked to him the day after [the surgery], and it went well," Girardi said. "Now it's just start rehabbing, start slow and hopefully we can get him back as soon as possible."
Soriano's future role in bullpen unknown
TORONTO -- Manager Joe Girardi wasn't ready to commit to much regarding reliever Rafael Soriano on Thursday -- not to when he's expected to return, and not to whether he'll be the setup man when he does.
All Girardi knows is that Soriano, out since May 13 with inflammation in his right elbow, will throw a batting-practice session on Saturday, then the Yankees will make a determination about whether he can go on a rehab assignment.
Asked about Soriano's future role, Girardi said, "Let's just see. Let's just get him back first. Let's get him healthy and get him throwing the ball the way he's capable of."
Soriano last threw a 25-pitch batting-practice session on Monday. David Robertson, an All-Star after putting up a 1.27 ERA in 38 games, has filled in admirably as the eighth-inning man in Soriano's absence.
MLB receives records of Colon's procedure
TORONTO -- Major League Baseball received the medical records for Bartolo Colon's stem-cell procedure on Tuesday, spokesman Pat Courtney confirmed to MLB.com. There is no timetable as to how long the review process will take.
MLB was given the results a little more than two months after beginning an investigation to make sure the veteran starter didn't violate the league's Drug Policy when he underwent the procedure in the Dominican Republic in April 2010.
According to The New York Times, which first reported the news, the files were provided by Dr. Sergio Guzman, a senior member of the medical team that treated Colon's ailing right elbow and shoulder.
The exploratory treatment involved taking fat and bone-marrow stem cells from Colon, then injecting them into the elbow and shoulder to repair ligament damage and a torn rotator cuff.
The doctors have used human-growth hormone in similar procedures but said that HGH was not involved in this case.
The 38-year-old, who started Thursday's game against the Blue Jays, was 6-4 with a 3.20 ERA in 15 games (12 starts) this season entering the outing.
Jeter, Posada set appearance record
TORONTO -- Derek Jeter and Jorge Posada made a bit of history at Rogers Centre on Thursday night.
When Posada checked in as a pinch-hitter for Andruw Jones in the eighth inning of the Yankees' eventual 16-7 loss to the Blue Jays, it marked the 1,660th game he and Jeter played together.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, that's the most regular-season games two players have ever appeared in together in Yankees history. The previous mark was set by Lou Gehrig and Tony Lazzeri, who had 1,659 instances in which both played in the same game as Yankees.
The only other current big league teammates to even play 1,000 games together are Jeter and Alex Rodriguez (1,050).
Alden Gonzalez is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his columns and his blog, listen to his podcast and follow him on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.