The New York Yankees have yet to make a decision on the availability of shortstop Derek Jeter when the second half of the Major League Baseball season opens on Friday, this according to Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork, who spoke with Yankees GM Brian Cashman on Wednesday.
Jeter, who made his season debut on July 11, suffered a strained right quad in that same game and has not played since. The Yankees are hoping that Jeter could heal enough during the All-Star break to avoid a return trip to the disabled list, but no decision is expected now until Friday, when the Bombers open the second half with a weekend series at Fenway Park.
Jeter missed nearly the entire first half while recovering from the broken ankle he suffered during the American league Championship Series last Fall. Though he returned early in Spring Training, Jeter suffered a setback in his recovery that pushed the timetable for hiss return to the Yankees lineup back to mid-July. If placed on the DL, the move would be retroactive to the last day he appeared in a game, which would make him eligible to come off the disabled list as early as July 27.