|2013 Regular Season|
Jeter hit .190 (12 for 63) with one homer and 73 RBIs this year, playing 13 games at shortstop and four at designated hitter. The Yankees' captain was on the disabled list four times.
Jeter started the year on the disabled list after breaking his left ankle in the 2012 playoffs. He played in only 17 games, batting .190 with one homer and seven RBIs.
Deter had been 0 for 11 over his previous three games.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before Saturday night's game against Tampa Bay that barring a setback, Jeter will be back with the team Monday in Toronto. Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL championship series in October and missed the first 91 games this year.
The captain's drive ended the Yankees' nine-game homerless drought. It was New York's first long ball by a right-hander since June 25. Jeter, a 13-time All-Star, had his much-anticipated return July 11 - as the designated hitter - after missing the Yankees' first 91 games because of a twice broken ankle.
Jeter tested his left ankle fielding six grounders at shortstop and made a throwing error. After he came out, Jeter said he did not know where he would be playing on Thursday. He did not play on Tuesday. The Yankees have not ruled out Jeter returning to the majors by this weekend, which leads into the All-Star break.
Jeter hadn't played in a game since spring training for the Yankees after being sidelined with a broken ankle suffered in last year's ALCS loss to Detroit. The Yankees' captain fielded one grounder at shortstop, but showed good movement to his left side on his surgically repaired left ankle. At the plate, he showed good hustle on his lone ground ball attempt and didn't get to run the bases after his walk, getting stranded at first.
The team announced on Friday that Jeter, who hasn't played this season due to a broken left ankle, has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees captain is scheduled to play at least five innings in Saturday's game.
Coming back from a broken left ankle, Jeter had an opposite-field single to right in six at-bats Friday against a minor league right-hander. The Yankees captain said it was his second day of facing live pitching.
Jeter started the running program Thursday at Steinbrenner Field and called it ``the last step'' before playing in minor league games. The Yankees' captain hopes to run the bases soon.
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