Derek Jeter Getting Closer To Returning To New York Yankees

By Ryan Gaydos
The Star-Ledger-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have been without shortstop Derek Jeter since Jeter broke his ankle in the postseason against the Detroit Tigers. The Yankees’ injuries have piled up since then, with most of the infield being out at some point, including backup shortstop Eduardo Nunez.

All of that seems to be ending soon.

The Yankees captain has been getting closer and closer to returning to the team, and the first step in doing so is coming soon. Jeter is going to get his ankle examined next week and hopes to be cleared to increase his baseball activities if everything checks out fine. Jeter has been doing minor baseball activities after moving his training from New York to Tampa, Fla.

He resumed playing catch last week and started his indoor cardio program and physical therapy. The 39-year-old is going to have a CT scan next week as it looks like he is still destined to return after the All-Star break.

Jeter is trying to return from a great season at an old age. He played in 159 games last season, only struck out 90 times, recorded a league-leading 216 hits and batted .316/.362/.429 with 58 RBIs. His injury was a major blow to the offense, and even more so since there was a new crack found in the ankle during spring training.

New York has used Nunez, Jayson Nix, Reid Brignac and even David Adams at that position to try and find someone that can be consistent. Nobody has fit the bill and New York is still hoping that Jeter can return to his 2012 form for the latter half of the season.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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