The New York Yankees‘ beloved shortstop Derek Jeter is expected to be back in pinstripes on Friday. He has been rehabbing in Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre since July 6 and has batted .167 in three games played.
Rehab numbers don’t matter, especially for a guy like Jeter who has one of the most decorated resumes in Yankees history. Surely his production will be needed when he gets back; he is a .338 career hitter against left-handed pitching which the Yankees have struggled mightily against this year.
But more importantly, his presence brings a winning attitude back into the clubhouse. The Captain is not only a great player but a great leader. His teammates will feed off of his return, and he could be the boost the Yankees need to turn around their sluggish play as of late.
When he is put back in the two-hole he will help split up the lefties and righties in the top of the order which has been heavily left-handed as of late. The best hitters in the lineup right now are all left-handed, so at end of games in crunch time, opposing managers just have to bring in a lefty to face the top of the order and it is neutralized more often than not.
Not only will Jeter re-energize the team, but the crowd is sure to be fired up as well. The team has to respond to fans that have been less than boisterous recently. It was first thought that he wouldn’t be back until after the All-Star break, but if there is no setback, Jeter will be in the Bronx on Friday when the Minnesota Twins come to town.