On Thursday night, New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter took his first step to returning to the team by competing in his first rehab assignment game for the Class-AAA Scranton/Wilks-Barre RailRiders.
Jeter was placed on the 15-day disabled list back in August 3 with a strained calf; which is the third time he has been on the DL in 2013. The Yankees could have brought Jeter back on August 18, but given that he's already come back twice and landed on the DL each time, the team is being very cautious with his return for the final month of the season.
In Jeter's first at-bat in the bottom of the first inning, Derek Jeter ripped a double to left-center field and later scored on a double from Dan Johnson.
In his second at-bat in the third inning, Jeter hit into a fielder's choice to second, as he was able to get on base, but on the next play, the batter also hit into a fielder's choice and Jeter was out at second.
In his third at-bat in the bottom of the fifth inning, Jeter hit an RBI single up the middle to score Bobby Wilson, which was his final at-bat of the night as he was only playing in five innings for Scranton.
Jeter didn't want to push the calf whether it was in the field or running on the bases, but at the plate, Jeter looked very sharp in his first action since August 2, when he played against the San Diego Padres.
In the game, Jeter went 2-for-3 with an RBI, a run scored and was on base every single time, which is a great sign for the Yankees as his bat looks like it's in mid-season form.
The next step will be for Jeter to play again at Scranton/Wilks-Barre on Friday. It's unknown if it will be again at shortstop or if he will play as their designated hitter. It's also unknown if it will be for five innings like he played on Thursday or if the team will increase his playing time.
If Jeter looks anything like the guy who was at the plate for the team in his return to the Yankees, then it will be another major upgrade to a lineup that could always use another solid hitter in the lineup.
In five games, Jeter is hitting .211 with one home run and two RBI for the Yankees in 2013. The 39-year-old captain has only played in five games because he was on the disabled list recovering from the fractured ankle he suffered back in October, which kept him out until July 11; then suffered a Grade 1 strained quad playing against the Kansas City Royals, which landed him on the DL for the second time.
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