New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Saturday, but it appears that he will wait one more day. MLB.com's David Wilson reports that Jeter will play a simulated game on Saturday to work on timing before returning to game action. The Yankees plan to activate Jeter for the series finale with the Rays on Sunday.
NBC Sports.com' D.J. Short confirmed the news in a July 27 morning tweet.
Derek Jeter set for simulated game, could be activated Sunday http://t.co/3YM3tcNQj5 #mlb #hbt
— HardballTalk (@HardballTalk) July 27, 2013
There was question as to when Jeter would play again -- even the possibility of his having to wait a few extra days or more. Manager Joe Girardi, however, likes what he sees regarding Jeter's progress. Girardi said that Jeter is fine, and general manager Brian Cashman added that Jeter is performing many baseball activities. They will decide for certain after the simulated game on Saturday.
With Jeter's return and the pending returns of Curtis Granderson, Jayson Nix, and Alex Rodriguez (all on rehab assignments) all within a week, the Yankees will move closer to having their regular starting lineup on the field. These players will also have fresh legs for the stretch run.
The A.L. East race may have started to slip away as the Yankees see themselves in fourth place and seven games behind. However, they are only 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card spot. Getting their players back healthy -- in addition to acquiring Alfonso Soriano -- will strengthen the offense. Is that enough to forge toward a postseason berth? That is possible, but only if the Yankees can avoid the disabled list from here on. That has proven nearly impossible in 2013.
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