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Although cliche, the New York Yankees really do hope that the third time is a charm. The "third time" in this case is captain Derek Jeter's return to the active roster. MLB.com's Yankees beat writer Bryan Hoch reports that the Yankees plan to activate their shortstop for the third time this coming Monday when the Yankees travel to Toronto to face the Blue Jays.
According to Hoch, Yankees manager Joe Girardi plans to have Jeter play two more Triple-A games over the weekend and join the team for Monday night's game at Toronto. Hoch also reports that Jeter tested his calf on a full sprint Friday night while scoring on a wild pitch in Scranton-Wilkes Barre's game with Pawtucket.
Now on http://t.co/qRp3KIlQpY: After dash home, Jeter feels he's 'ready to go' http://t.co/p2GfwmlCV1
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) August 24, 2013
In fact, the entire inning had Jeter running hard as he ran out a potential double-play ball, advanced to second on an overthrow, advanced to third on a ground out, and scored on the wild pitch. Jeter reported no issues with his calf that placed him on the disabled list retroactive to August 2.
Girardi and Jeter are somewhat caught in a quandary. The Yankees need Jeter's presence, talent, and hustle, but they both know that any further problems could mean the end of the season for the shortstop. All three of Jeter's injuries involve parts of the legs: ankle, quadriceps, calf. Jeter ran hard on the wild pitch, but he is taking it a little more easily when possible. He is progressing but trying to ensure no further injuries occur. Girardi explained:
"He didn't run 100 percent -- not because he couldn't, but I think he's guarding against [injury], as we told him to. I'm sure you'll see him move better each day. It's really hard, but you've also got to make sure he's able to do what we need. You have to make sure he can play."
The Yankees enter play on August 24 in fourth place in the A.L. East, six games out. They are only 3.5 games out of the second A.L. Wild Card position but with three teams to overcome and only one in their division. They have gone on a recent tear after getting Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson back in the lineup. The return of Derek Jeter should give them a boost, but they will still have a very tough task ahead of them. They need their leader in the lineup to have a chance.
If Jeter's third time is a charm, then the Yankees still have a chance at a wild card. If he cannot play, then it gets even harder. The Yankees hope that the third time is definitely a charm.
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