Jeter cleared to begin injury rehab at Scranton

Derek Jeter may be back in pinstripes soon. The Captain was cleared Friday by the Yankees to begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment and is scheduled to play five innings Saturday night for Triple A Scranton at home against Lehigh Valley. Jeter is recovering from two fractures in his left ankle, the second of which forced him to be shut down after five spring-training games.

“I know that he has been dying to get back out there,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He would be here tomorrow if it was up to him.”

Girardi would not put a timetable for the returns of either Jeter or Alex Rodriguez, who was to continue his rehab Friday for Class A Tampa at Lakeland, Fla.

“I don’t ever put time limits on players coming back from injury,” Girardi said. “You can’t bring a guy back before he’s ready.”

Former Yankees outfielder/designated hitter Hideki Matsui is scheduled to throw batting practice to players on the Yankees’ Class A Staten Island affiliate Saturday, prior to the team’s 7 p.m. home game against Hudson Valley. Matsui is also scheduled to throw BP for the team Monday and Tuesday at Richmond County Bank Ballpark.

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