June 22, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Yankees infielder Derek Jeter before the game against the Tampa Bay Rays at Yankee Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Munson/THE STAR-LEDGER via USA TODAY Sports

New York Yankees Officially Activate Derek Jeter off Disabled List

It’s been a long time coming for Derek Jeter, who was officially activated off of the disabled list by the New York Yankees this morning.

Jeter was originally slated to return at some point this weekend, but then had his activation date pushed up to Friday, the 12th. Feeling comfortable, the Yankees decided to ship Jeter’s gear from Tampa yesterday afternoon and activated the Bronx Bombers captain today.

It’s expected that Jeter will be in tonight’s lineup against the Kansas City Royals, who are completing the final game of a four game set in the Bronx. The Yankees and Twins will open a three game series tomorrow, the final series before the MLB All-Star break.

Jeter went 1-for-9 with two strikeouts during his four game minor league rehab assignment and also had some uncharacteristic defensive miscues, but both were to be expected given the amount of time Jeter has missed since suffering a broken ankle.

Despite that, even Jeter being half of the Jeter we’ve come to expect would be an upgrade for the Yankees as his replacements have combined to hit a woeful .211 through the seasons first half.

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