Derek Jeter headed back to RailRiders on rehab
For the Yankees' famed No. 2, call this Take 2.
Derek Jeter, the Yankees captain and owner of five world championship rings, will begin his second rehab stint tonight with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders at PNC Field.
Rehabbing the latest in a string of leg injuries that have hampered his 2013 season - this one a strained calf muscle that has kept him out of action since Aug. 2 - Jeter will play shortstop tonight against Pawtucket, Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed before his team's game against Toronto on Wednesday.
"As I've said, we'll just go day-by-day and see how he responds each day," Girardi said. "The plan I think is for him to play five innings in the field (tonight)."
Sources have told The Times-Tribune that, although nothing is official, Jeter could also play with the RailRiders on Friday before rejoining New York over the weekend.
Jeter played four games with the RailRiders during a whirlwind rehab that started July 6. He went 1 for 9 and drew four walks in those games, but his biggest impact didn't come on the field. Jeter built a following of fans as he frequented local restaurants daily. In the stands, the RailRiders sold out two of the four games in which Jeter played and, in all, drew 38,080 fans to the renovated park.
Jeter has played in just five games with the Yankees, going 4 for 19 with one homer and two RBIs. He spent more than three months on the disabled list with a broken ankle he suffered in Game 1 of last season's American League Championship Series against Detroit.
He hasn't had any issue with his ankle since coming off the disabled list on July 11. But after serving as the Yankees' designated hitter that day, he suffered a mild quad strain that landed him back on the disabled list.
He didn't return until July 28, but after four games, he went back on the disabled list with the calf strain.
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