Jeter has been out since he suffered a broken ankle against the Tigers in the playoffs last season. He was initially expected to play earlier this year, but he suffered a setback when he re-broke the same ankle trying to return too quickly.
Hopefully they aren’t rushing him back too fast again. He played in just four rehab games and went 1-for-9 with four walks and a pair of strikeouts. He never played more than seven innings.
Jeter was desperate to get back though and put a lot of pressure on the Yankees to activate him. He was even jockeying reporters to write about how good he looked in the field in an effort to convince the Yankees to activate him.
Now that he’s back expect him to play a lot of DH especially if Hafner misses a few games with that foot contusion. Offensively it is hard to know what to expect from him. He hit .316/.362/.429 last season. Obviously everyone would sign up for that again, but he is 39-years-old and the ankle injuries could be a factor in his performance at the plate.
NEWS AND NOTES
• If you missed it in my game recap last night, Brett Gardner left last night’s game with a shin contusion and Travis Hafner left with a foot contusion. X-Rays for each player were negative and they are considered day-to-day.
• Alex Rodriguez is not as far along as Jeter in his rehab even though he started earlier. He went 1-for-3 during a rehab start with High-A Tampa on Wednesday.
• Yankees 1st round draft pick Aaron Judge (32nd overall) has flown down to Tampa to, hopefully, finally sign a deal. The deadline is Friday afternoon.
• The Yankees have signed 18th round pick Dustin Fowler, inking him to a over-slot $278K deal.