MLB Notes: Jeter might make debut Saturday

MLB Notes: Jeter might make debut Saturday
March 8, 2013, 7:45 pm

JUPITER, Fla. -- Derek Jeter could be making his first game appearance Saturday since breaking an ankle last October in the AL championship series.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi made the announcement Friday, when the New York lost to the Miami Marlins 6-1. He said he planned to talk with Jeter on Saturday morning.

"I won't be giving him any must goes and those of those type of things," Girardi said. "We'll see how he feels."

Girardi said Jeter will be the designated hitter until he's ready to return to shortstop. The Yankees play Atlanta in Tampa on Saturday, which also could be the first game appearance of Mariano Rivera since injuring a knee last May (see full story).

Craig, Cardinals agree to five-year deal
JUPITER, Fla. -- Allen Craig, coming off a breakout season with the St. Louis Cardinals, agreed Friday to a $31 million, five-year contract that could be worth $43 million over six seasons.

Craig gets $1.75 million this year, $2.75 million in 2014, $5.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $11 million in 2017. The Cardinals have a $13 million option for 2018 with a $1 million buyout.

The 28-year-old Craig would have been eligible for salary arbitration next winter and for free agency after the 2016 World Series.

He has 150 RBIs in 238 big league games and was sixth in the NL last season with a .307 average. He had 22 home runs and 92 RBIs despite not playing his first game until May 1 following offseason surgery on his right knee (see full story).

Johnson dominates, Blue Jays beat Braves
KISSIMMEE, Fla. -- Even though the Toronto Blue Jays have plenty of new faces after a winter makeover, newcomer Josh Johnson said the team's already one big happy family.

Johnson struck out five in 3 2/3 hitless innings to lead the Blue Jays past a split-squad of Atlanta Braves 7-1 on Friday.

Kris Medlen started for Atlanta and allowed three earned runs, including a homer to Anthony Gose. He struck out three and allowed five hits in four innings, his longest outing so far.

Johnson, who went 8-14 with a 3.81 ERA for the Miami Marlins last season, was acquired over the winter and lowered his spring ERA to 1.17. He struck out four of the last five batters he faced. He said he and the rest of the new Jays have meshed well (see full story).

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