Originally written on MLB Injury News  |  Last updated 10/19/14
When it was announced that New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter suffered a fractured ankle last fall during the ALCS, there were some questioning whether the captain's run was over. While his road to recovery hasn't been without its share of bumps and detours, Jeter has returned to the point where the Yankees have cleared him to begin his minor league rehab assignment, according to Mark Feinsand of The New York Daily News. Derek Jeter has been cleared by the Yankees to begin a rehab assignment. He is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre tomorrow. — Mark Feinsand (@FeinsandNYDN) July 5, 2013 Feinsand notes that Jeter is slated to join the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate tomorrow. He'll play at least five innings at shortstop in his first rehab contest. New York cleared Jeter after he went through a full workout at their minor league spring training complex in Tampa without experiencing any setbacks. During that workout, Jeter was able to successfully complete six simulated at-bats in which he ran out each ball put in play. He also ran the bases and fielded ground balls. In very un-Yankee-like fashion, New York's offense enters the day ranked 18th in runs scored with the sixth-worst team batting average in the majors (.241). This can be in part attributed to the plethora of injuries the club has faced this season to key position players such as Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Kevin Youkilis. While the offense is struggling as a whole, the bats at shortstop have been especially silent. On the season, Yankees' shortstops have combined to hit an abysmal .205/.270/.283. New York will hope Jeter can help boost these totals and add consistency to the pivotal position. Last season, the 39-year-old showed little sign of slowing, collecting a league-leading 216 hits while maintaining a batting line of .316/.362/.429 with 32 doubles and 15 home runs over 740 plate appearances. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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