It isn’t certain whether he’ll be used at shortstop or designated hitter, but Derek Jeter will be in the New York Yankees’ lineup when they take the field at 1 p.m. today.
His return to the team was hastened by weather reports in Scranton and by necessity.
“After the game last night, after [Travis] Hafner got hurt, we looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today,” General Manager Brian Cashman told ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor. “Derek was scheduled to DH in Scranton, so I figured, he could DH and sit around in the rain in Scranton, or he can DH and sit around in the rain in the Bronx. We chose the Bronx.”
Jeter, who broke his ankle in the American League Championship Series last fall, has not in a regular-season game this season. Except for a brief stint in spring training, that’s 272 days out for the Yankees’ captain.
“We’ll talk about it with [Manager] Joe [Girardi],” Cashman said, “and see what we decide to do [about using him in the field].”
Jeter, 39, underwent surgery Oct. 13 and, after five spring-training games, another break was discovered April 18. He played four minor-league games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, looking rusty at times. In seven innings Wednesday, he made an error on a throw to first, bobbled a grounder on a blown force play at second and failed to get a lead runner at third on a grounder.
“I feel good,” Jeter said afterward. “There were a lot of different situations that happened, but everything was good.”