Jeter to begin rehab stint Thursday

The Yankees got some good news Wednesday. Derek Jeter will begin an injury-rehabilitation assignment Thursday night at Triple A Scranton. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the captain will play five innings at shortstop Thursday night and that there is no timetable for his return to the Yankees.

There has been speculation that Jeter might join the team in St. Petersburg, Fla., for the coming weekend series against the Rays, but Girardi shot that down. “We’ll just see how he responds day to day,” the skipper said.

That makes sense. Jeter has been forced back on the disabled twice this season trying to come back from two fractures in his left ankle. In each case, his legs did not prove strong enough to play on a regular basis.

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