Yankees Captain Derek Jeter was on the baseball diamond on Saturday for the first time since re-injuring his surgically repaired left ankle on April 18th.
Jeter went 0-2 with a walk in five innings for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. After hearing from the Yankees for most of the season that Jeter would not begin his rehab assignment until after the All-Star break, it came as somewhat of a surprise that the Yankees captain was back to work on Saturday.
Jeter, who turned 39 in June, hasn’t played in a game for the Yankees since October 13th when he suffered a broken left ankle in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. After being on pace to start of the season Jeter re-injured the ankle in spring training and has been on disabled list ever since.
Young hurler, Michael Pineda, who the Yankees acquired from Seattle in last seasons Jesus Montero trade, started Saturday’s game for the RailRiders.
Pineda, who was making his fifth rehab start after shoulder surgery last year, picked up the win for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre – pitching five innings, while giving up two runs on four hits, with seven strikeouts and two walks.
The Yankees have to decide by Tuesday whether to promote Pineda to the Big Leagues or option him to the minors.