The surging New York Yankees may be getting a boost from their captain as early as tomorrow.
In his first rehab game for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 2-3 with a run and an RBI in five innings on Thursday night.
Jeter, who is working his way back from a strained right calf is scheduled to play again tonight and could rejoin the Yankees tomorrow in St. Petersburg, Florida, to face the Rays.
The only concern for Jeter is that the Yankees next two series are in Tampa Bay and Toronto, both of which have artificial turf which can be unforgiving for a 39 year old returning from his third leg injury this season.
“The concern is making sure he’s healthy,” Girardi said. “If you have to give him a day off, give him a day off. But we have to make sure he can go back-to-back [days].”
Regardless of if Jeter can play back to back days, he should provide a lift to a Yankees club that is clawing their way back into the postseason race. If the Yankees can get anything from their captain down the stretch it would position the club to have a realistic chance at achieving the 93 win mark that manager Joe Girardi believes the team will need to reach the postseason.
As of today the Yankees would need to finish the year 25-10 to achieve that mark, and obviously Jeter could be a key piece in making that happen.