Bronx, NY (Sports Network) - New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter will
reportedly rejoin the team for their afternoon game against the Kansas City
Royals Thursday afternoon.
Jeter hasn't played at the major league level all season while recovering
from a broken left ankle he suffered during Game 1 of last year's American
League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers.
The 13-time All-Star is expected to come off the disabled list and will be in
the lineup either at shortstop or as the designated hitter, according to
Jeter went 0-for-3 and committed a throwing error during a seven-inning stint
Wednesday night in a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in a
5-1 loss to Rochester.
The 39-year-old Jeter, the Yankees' team captain, played his fourth rehab
game. He is 1-for-9 in his rehab stint.
Jeter was expected to come back earlier this season, but then in mid-April
doctors discovered a small crack in the area from the previous injury, which
delayed his return.
Jeter's return will mark a sizeable step in the Yankees getting back a big
portion of their lineup. First baseman Mark Teixeira had right wrist surgery
and is out for the season. Third baseman Alex Rodriguez hasn't played due to
left hip surgery and he could be facing a suspension for his alleged link to
Biogenesis in MLB's latest doping scandal.
Shortstop Jayson Nix went on the 15-day DL earlier this month due to a
strained right hamstring. Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis are also
To make matters worse, center fielder Brett Gardner and DH Travis Hafner were
both hurt in Wednesday's win over the Royals. Hafner departed with a left foot
contusion, while Gardner was replaced due to a right leg contusion. Both
players had x-rays, which turned up negative and are day-to-day. Hafner was
hurt when he fouled a ball off his foot while swinging in the cage between
Despite the rash of injuries, the Yankees have managed a 49-42 record,
although they are in fourth place in the AL East, six games behind the
division-leading Boston Red Sox.
Jeter is coming off a productive 2012 season in which he hit for a .316
batting average with 15 homers, 58 RBI and 99 runs scored.
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