Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter will play in his first game since suffering a fractured ankle last October, according to a report by Fox Sports.
Ken Rosenthal reports that the 39-year-old will be in the lineup against the Kansas City Royals, playing as either the shortstop or designated hitter. Jeter’s return comes as a welcome addition for New York, who currently sit in second last place in the AL East, six games behind the Red Sox.
After suffering a setback in his rehabilitation earlier this year, Jeter returned to the field recently and received mix responses.
Jeter played the fourth and final game of his rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre on Thursday night. He went 1 for 9 with four walks during his assignment. Scouts marveled at how quickly he regained his swing, but one expressed concern about his throwing, saying Jeter could have issues stemming from lingering weakness in his ankle.