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Will Derek Jeter Be Ready In Time For Mets-Yankees Subway Series?

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NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Most Mets fans don’t want Derek Jeter to hit No. 3,000 at Citi Field.

They might get their wish.

The Yankees captain, on the 15-day disabled list because of a strained right calf, took batting practice on the field for the first time and started a running program Monday.

But will he be ready for the Subway Series this weekend?

“I have no idea,” general manager Brian Cashman said.

Jeter took 30 swings in batting practice. He fielded seven grounders on the grass before rain forced a stop. After a brief delay, Jeter returned to the field for three light sprints and some agility-related drills.

“Everything’s good,” Jeter said. “Steps in the right direction.”

There is no date yet for when Jeter, who turned 37 on Sunday, will rejoin the lineup. He’s six hits shy of 3,000, a chase that’s been on hold since getting hurt June 13.

“It’s going to take as long as it takes,” said Cashman. “We just don’t want it to take any longer than it needs to take.”

Other Yankees also continued their rehabilitation.

Infielder Eric Chavez, out with a broken left foot, took batting practice with Jeter.

Right-hander Bartolo Colon, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, threw four innings of 15-pitches each in a simulated game.

Colon struck out three and allowed two hits, including one to injured minor league outfielder Slade Heathcott, who was the Yankees’ first round draft pick in 2009.

There have also been discussions on whether Colon will need a minor league outing or if he could be ready to pitch against the Mets this weekend.

Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano, on the DL with a left shoulder tear, made 15 soft throws off a bullpen mound,

Converted reliever Mark Prior, on the DL at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of a strained groin, is scheduled to throw off a mound for the second time in four days on Tuesday.

Will Jeter be back to take on the Mets? Sound off in the comments below…

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