It’s been an interesting season for the New York Yankees as they’ve had to adjust to life without numerous key players due to injuries–especially when it comes to Derek Jeter. The future Hall of Fame shortstop broke his ankle last October and has certainly been missed in the Yankees lineup this season, but it appears Jeter will be making a return to the team sooner than expected.
What will most likely go down as the biggest surprise for Thursday involves Jeter and how he’s expected to return to the Yankees lineup on Thursday against the Kansas City Royals as either a shortstop or designated hitter. Jeter has been recently playing with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes Barre while preparing to make a return to the big leagues and now–it looks like he’s ready to make a surprise return right before the 2013 All-Star Game.
Even if it does take him some time to return to his old dominant level, this is great news for New York as Jeter has been a valuable leader to this team throughout his career. At the moment, the Yankees are only six games back in the AL East heading into Thursday and hopefully the return of Jeter will help spark an offense that has been inconsistent at times throughout the regular season.
It’s never easy to bounce back from an injury as serious as a broken ankle, but the Yankees hope that won’t be the case with Jeter now that he’s expected to be back in the lineup. Even if it does take some time to adjust, New York still has to be pleased with getting back their beloved leader.