Derek Jeter has no doubt he will return to the New York Yankees this season at the same level that made him one of baseball’s most revered players.
The shortstop was in pinstripes Thursday when he spoke at Yankee Stadium for the first time about a new fracture that was discovered last week in the ankle he broke during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Oct. 13.
The Yankees have said the new injury should push Jeter’s return to mid-July. Jeter says he has a date in mind but would not share it because he did not want to disappoint himself or anyone else after failing to be ready for Opening Day, his original plan.
MLB won’t stop for Olympics
Major League Baseball won’t change its schedule to boost the sport’s chances of getting back into the Olympics.
Baseball was an Olympic medal sport from 1992-2008, then was dropped for last year’s London Games. IOC President Jacques Rogge says baseball should make its top athletes available, as they are in basketball and hockey.
“Look, we can’t stop our season in August. We just can’t,” baseball Commissioner Bud Selig told the Associated Press Sports Editors on Thursday. “You can’t say to your fans: ‘We’ll see you in the next period of time. Your club loses some players but yours doesn’t.’ ’’
The IOC board meets next month to select one or more sports for consideration by September’s IOC general assembly. In an effort to boost the chance of readmission for 2020, the international baseball and softball federations are merging.
Marlins pick up Below
The Miami Marlins claimed left-hander Duane Below off waivers and optioned him to Triple-A New Orleans.
The Detroit Tigers designated Below for assignment earlier in the week to make room on their 40-man roster for reliever Jose Valverde. Below has not pitched in the majors this year. He went 2-3 with a 4.06 ERA in 41 appearances for the Tigers over the last two seasons.
Ex-Braves pitcher dies
Former Atlanta Braves pitcher Rick Camp died in northwest Georgia.
Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton says the 60-year-old Camp was found dead Thursday morning at his home in Rydal, about 55 miles northwest of downtown Atlanta. Camp’s cause of death wasn’t immediately known. Camp played with the team from 1976 to 1985.