It’s clear that Derek Jeter wants to return to the Yankees lineup, and that he wants to do it as quick as he can. Jeter recently started a minor league stint, finishing up his third game with Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre Monday night. And when asked about his return to the majors, Jeter said he wants to get back to the New York Yankees “as soon as possible.”
It seems evident that Manager Joe Girardi isn’t ready to bring the captain back before the All-Star Break, which starts July 14, but when asked about Jeter’s possible timetable, Girardi said,
He’s ready when he’s ready. I think what you have to do is you have to see how he’s moving around, how he’s responding physically from playing every day. You have to build him up. He has to be able to play more than five innings once every three days. So I mean we’ll go through this week, I’m sure, and we’ll make an evaluation.
While Derek Jeter has played just three games in the minors, he has yet to play a regular season game for the Yanks. He suffered a broken ankle on October 13, and managed to see action in just five spring training games before finding out the injury got worse.
Who knows when he’ll come back, but the Yankees sure could use all the additional help they can get, as they are five games out of first place in the AL East.