MOOSIC, Pa. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter wants to return to the Bronx … now.
The future Hall of Famer admitted that he tried to talk general manager Brian Cashman into reinstating him ahead of the club’s scheduled timetable.
“What do you think?” the 13-time All-Star replied when asked if he made his intention to return “as soon as possible” clear to Cashman. “Yeah, but I get it. It’s not like I don’t understand why I’m here. I know I have to play some games, so just make the most of it while I’m here, and get into some games, and like I said, hopefully get out of here soon.”
“I’m trying to push to get there today, but I don’t think I can make it today,” Jeter said. “So it’s whenever they say. Really, I don’t know what else to say. I’d like to be there now, but I’m not, so as soon as I’m allowed to get up there, I’ll get up there.”
The 39-year-old went 0 for 2 with a walk and a run scored in five innings for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Monday night in his third game back from an ankle injury.
Jeter tested the left ankle several times while playing the field for just the second time and was part of four defensive plays.
He fielded two grounders, caught one pick-off attempt at second base and tagged out a runner on a close fielder’s choice call in which he took a throw from the catcher and had to drop to his knees to apply the tag.
Jeter reached on an error in the first inning, walked leading off the third and came around to score three batters later, and grounded out to third in the fifth.
It didn’t take any time for Jeter to get action in the field. The first batter of the game hit a slow chopper out to short. The Yankees’ captain mildly charged the ball and threw in time to get the out.
He fielded just one grounder in his only other rehab game in the field. Jeter was also tested in his first at-bat hitting a chopper to short. His hustle down the line forced Rochester shortstop Doug Bernier to hurry the throw, which was in the dirt as Jeter reached on the error.
On a single to right by the next batter J.R. Murphy, Jeter sprinted to third and slid in safely. It was the second time in two games he went from first to third on a single. Brent Lillibridge then flied out to center, but the ball wasn’t deep enough for Jeter to try to score.
Jeter walked in his second at-bat — his fourth base on balls in three games — then moved to second on a single and scored one out later on another single. He grounded out in his third trip to the plate and was replaced in the field by Walter Ibarra to start the sixth inning.
Jeter is expected to sit out Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s next game on Tuesday and will next play on Wednesday.
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