When asked if shortstop Derek Jeter will rejoin the New York Yankees' lineup by Sunday night, manager Joe Girardi told reporters -- including Kieran Darcy of ESPN New York -- that he "wouldn't think so." The skipper also wasn't willing to commit that Jeter will be available in time to be activated next week, as he continues to recover from the calf ailment that sent him to the disabled list.
Girardi told reporters that Jeter is heading to Tampa to continue his rehab program. While the Captain has resumed taking ground balls and participating in batting practice, Girardi said that Jeter's timeframe for return still isn't clear considering he hasn't run the bases yet.
"I'm not sure," the manager said. "He really
hasn't run and been running the bases [yet]."
Considering he's returning from a leg injury, the final step in Jeter's recovery will be running the bases at full speed. Before he's able to do this, he won't be cleared to go out on rehab assignment or rejoin the Yankees if the team doesn't feel time in the minors is necessary.
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