Guess who’s back?
New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman announced early Thursday morning that Yankees Captain Derek Jeter would be in the lineup for tonights game against the Kansas City Royals.
Jeter has been out since fracturing his left ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS in October and then suffering a second fracture during spring training.
Yankees General Manager explained the surprise move to ESPN New York’s Ian O’Connor:
“After the game last night, after [Travis] Hafner got hurt, we looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today. Derek was scheduled to DH in Scranton, so I figured, he could DH and sit around in the rain in Scranton, or he can DH and sit around in the rain in the Bronx. We chose the Bronx.”
Cashman said that he wasn’t yet sure if Jeter would play shortstop or DH in his season debut for the Yankees tonight.
During his brief rehab assignment Jeter played in 4 games for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, going 1-for-9, including 0-for-3 with an error on Wednesday.
Although Jeter has looked a bit shaky during his 4 game stretch in Triple-A, the Captain will almost certainly improve a lineup that desperately needs his help. During Jeter’s absence Yankees shortstops have hit an abysmal .211 with 2 HRs and 25 RBIs.