Found July 10, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
Could the long wait for New York Yankee captain and star shortstop Derek Jeter finally come to an end? The New York Post's George King believes so. On Wednesday, July 10, King reported that the Yankees have sent Jeter's equipment from their training complex in Tampa, FL, to New York in preparation for a possible return for the Yankees' weekend series with the Minnesota Twins heading into the All-Star break. MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch confirmed the possibility in a mid-Day tweet: Derek Jeter could return to Yankees this weekend http://t.co/pM09oaUMU8 — Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) July 10, 2013 Jeter started his rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes Barre on July 6. He has played in three games so far, going 1 for 6. He has shown patience a midst his eagerness by drawing four walks. He played shortstop twice (10 innings total) and DH once. Most importantly, he has experienced no problems with the two fractures that have kept him out all season although he did not play Tuesday night. Jeter cannot wait to get back to the Majors, but manager Joe Girardi wants his captain fully healthy and able to play complete games at shortstop on consecutive days. Said Girardi, “He has to play in the field a little bit longer and back-to-back, possibly. I know he is ready to be here. He was ready last week, but that’s Derek. He is off [Tuesday night] and then I think he is scheduled to play back-to-back.’’ Playing those back-to-back games Wednesday, Thursday, and possibly Friday could give Girardi what he is looking for. Girardi said that "there is a chance" that Jeter could come back this weekend. He added, "Anything is possible. A lot of things have happened around here." The Yankees are currently in fourth place in the A.L. East, six games behind the Boston Red Sox as play begins on July 10. They come out of the All-Star break with a tough seven-game road trip, starting with three games at Fenway Park -- a chance to gain some ground on the Red Sox. They will then travel to Arlington for four games with the Texas Rangers. If Jeter can return before the break, it will give him a chance to see Major League pitching before these two very important series begin. His presence and leadership can spark his team, and he would solidify the left side of the infield. It could also mean that Luis Cruz finds himself in the Minors or worse. If Jeter is healthy enough to play, though, then Girardi should activate him this weekend and take advantage of those two or three extra games with him in the lineup. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook. Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?
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