One more time, with feeling, Derek Jeter will try to salvage a season he called “a nightmare” when he reports to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday to begin another round of Triple-A rehab games.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter ran the bases Wednesday in Tampa and that “everything went good” in his latest baby step back to the Bronx.
Asked if it were possible Jeter might play in Friday night’s series opener at Tampa Bay, Girardi said, “No, I don’t think that will happen.” The manager said the plan was for Jeter to play five innings at shortstop Thursday for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre as he attempts to return from the disabled list this year for a third time.
“We’ll just go day by day and see how he responds each day,” Girardi said.
After his comeback from a twice-fractured ankle on July 11 lasted one game, the 39-year-old captain rehabbed a quad injury and made it back to the Yankees lineup on July 28. He played four games before the club returned him to the DL with a strained calf.
Jeter hit .211 with a homer and two RBIs in his five games.