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Curve players excited about possibility of facing Derek Jeter in Trenton
June 29, 2011 - Cory Giger
The Curve may get to face one of the biggest stars of this generation Saturday in Trenton as Yankees shortstop and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is expected to join the Thunder for a rehab stint.
"That would be pretty sweet," Curve catcher Tony Sanchez with a smile when told of the possibility. "That would be one to put in the memory banks."
The Curve will be in Trenton tonight through Sunday for a four-game series.
Jeter is coming back from a strained right calf, and Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the New York media that if all goes well for the shortstop today and Friday, his rehab stint could begin as early as Saturday in Trenton.
Cashman also said he would expect Jeter to play in at least two rehab games, so that could mean a Sunday matchup against Altoona, as well.
The timing is amazing for the Curve since Jeter is only six hits shy of 3,000. So the minor leaguers may get to play against a guy who's about a week away from reaching one of baseball's most prestigious milestones.
Mike Colla is scheduled to pitch for Altoona on Saturday and said he would enjoy the opportunity to face Jeter.
"Any time you get to face a guy like that it's pretty cool," Colla said.
"I'm trying to think back if I've faced a big leaguer yet, even in spring training. That's a pretty cool experience just to face one, especially a guy like Derek Jeter, whose career speaks for itself."
Curve manager P.J. Forbes said he would expect his players to elevate their game if they get to face Jeter. Then again, he expects that every day, no matter the opponent.
"I want them to elevate their game on a daily basis," Forbes said. "That's how it's got to be approached."
Last year's Curve squad had the opportunity to face Yankees pitcher Andy Pettitte when he made a rehab start for Trenton at Blair County Ballpark in the Eastern League Championship Series.