New York, NY, United States (4E Sports) – Derek Jeter is expected to start for New York Yankees Monday night when they open a three-game series against the Blue Jays in Toronto.
He played shortstop for the Scranton-Wilkes Barre RailRiders Saturday night in his third consecutive rehab game.
After suffering two ankle fractures, a quad strain and a calf strain, the 39-year-old Jeter has made three trips to the disabled list and been limited to just five games all season.
Since Spring raining, Jeter has been unable to play more than a couple of games in a row without being injured again.
His season debut on July 11 was good for only one game after he strained his quad. He returned on July 28 but was able to play in just four games before returning to the DL on Aug. 3 with the calf strain.
In his five big league games so far this season, Jeter is hitting .211 (4-for-19) with a home run and two RBIs. On Friday, Girardi acknowledged that Jeter was still not running at 100 percent, but said that was by design.
“I’m sure you’ll see him move better each day,” said manager Joe Girardi. “We don’t need him to run 100 percent. We need to know he’s healthy.”
Girardi said that even after Jeter comes back, he will be advised to pick his spots to run all-out.
“If there’s a situation you have to run hard, you run hard. If there’s a situation you don’t, then protect it a little bit,” was Girardi’s advice to Jeter.