It was before the Yankees' second game of the season -- just 24 hours into their reconnaissance mission against the Rays (which, by the way, ended in a disastrous sweep). Derek Jeter took one look at the lineup card and saw he'd been busted down a rank to DH for the day.
Jeter never said a word about the enforced rest, but the expression on his face required no forensic analysis.
"You think Derek is happy about this?" one member of the organization asked rhetorically. He didn't wait for an answer. Jeter, who turns 38 in June, has much to prove to the world, including his manager Joe Girardi, about his durability as an everyday shortstop.
The captain isn't interested in scaling back to 125-30 games a year. He wants no part of the rotation at DH, even if it creates room for an extra right-handed hitter when the Yankees face a lefty. Jeter still thinks he belongs on the field 150 times a summer, and if you think that's delusional, consider what a confidante recently said about Jeter...