Rather than contributing to the injury front, the New York
Yankees have finally gotten some great returns from it. Superstars Derek Jeter
and Mariano Rivera both made their 2013 Spring Training debuts on March 9
against the Atlanta Braves.
Rivera pitched a perfect fifth inning for the Yankees by
retiring the side on a popup and two called strike threes. It was his first
game action since May, 2012. Jeter was 1 for 2 as the Yankees’ designated
hitter. He smashed a single to left field for his first hit in his first game
since Game 1 of the 2012 American League Championship Series.
Both players suffered horrible injuries that
required surgery. Rivera tore the ACL in his knee, and Jeter broke an ankle. Both
players left analysts and fans wondering if their careers were over, but both
promised to return to action by 2013's Opening Day.
Earlier in the day, Rivera held a press conference to
announce his retirement at the end of the season. He is the all-time saves
leader in both the regular season and postseason. Jeter is currently #10 on the
all-time hits list and needs only 211 more to crack the top five.
The Yankees are happy to have Rivera and Jeter back in the
lineup. They also expect starters CC Sabathia and Phil Hughes back by Opening
Day and Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira back in early to mid-May.
Adam Berry, Mariano,
Jeter Make Successful Spring Debuts, yankees.mlb.com, March 9, 2013.
Baseball Almanac, Career Leaders for Saves, Hits,
Major League Baseball, Injury Report: Yankees,
mlb.mlb.com as of March 9, 2013.
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