New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter Returns In Style
Today the New York Yankees hope their injury bug starts to die off, as their starting shortstop Derek Jeter returns to the lineup. Jeter has been out since he broke his ankle in the 2012 ALCS vs the Detroit Tigers.
Jeter seemed on pace to return for the 2013 season, but a set back in spring training has led him to miss more than an entire half of the 2013 season. Jeter will serve as the designated hitter tonight and bat second against the Kansas City Royals.
He has played in four rehab games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRoaders, but manager Joe Girardi decided to bring him back now due to more injuries. The Yankees remain without Curtis Granderson, Derek Jeter, Francisco Cervelli and Michael Pineda and now Travis Hafner and Brett Gardner appear injured.
Jeter will likely be back at his shortstop position on Friday when the Yankees face the Minnesota Twins before the all star break. Since Jeter has been out, Yankees shortstops have combined to hit .211 with two home runs. The roster spot for Jeter was cleared with the Yankees designating first baseman Travis Ishikawa for assignment.
The Yankees currently are in fourth place in the American League East, behind Boston, Tampa Bay and Baltimore. With Jeter back, and Rodriguez likely back next month, they feel hopeful they can turn it around.
Jeter thus far has gone 1-1 with a single in his first at bat back from the 60-day DL. Reports indicate that Gardner and Hafner have leg contusions and that forced the Yankees to accelerate the pace of Jeter’s return. The Yankees offense has struggled to score all season, and despite Jeter being back, the bottom of the lineup is still somewhat weak. Does Jeter bring that spark back that they need?
Jeter’s last game was October 12th 2012, so fans might need to limit expectations.