Derek Jeter Returns to New York Yankees Lineup Following DL Stint

Alex Kay@AlexPKayCorrespondent IJuly 28, 2013

The New York Yankees received a big boost for Sunday’s contest against the Tampa Bay Rays, as Derek Jeter returned to the lineup. The captain batted second and was out on the field playing short.


UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 4:40 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Derek Jeter grounded out to shortstop in his fourth at-bat of the game and was intentionally walked in the bottom of the ninth, putting him at 2-for-4 on the day. The Yankees are tied 5-5 with the Rays.

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 2:50 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter won't be perfect from the plate in his return to the lineup after grounding out to short in his third at-bat. ESPN's Mike Mazzeo reacted to the grounder:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 2:20 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

The Yankees have the latest on their captain's return to the lineup:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 28, at 1:25 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter wowed fans in his first at-bat today, as documented by the New York Yankees:

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This will hopefully turn out to be the true triumphant debut the team has long hoped for, as the 18-year veteran’s first—and only—appearance this season was marred by injury.

After taking an extended period of time off in the first half of the 2013 season to rehabilitate a broken ankle, Jeter was finally cleared to participate in the Bronx Bombers’ July 11 contest against the Kansas City Royals.

The 39-year-old had one hit and one RBI in four at-bats but had to exit after the sixth inning due to a tight right quadriceps.

On July 19, Jeter went on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 1 right quad strain.

At 54-50 and eight games behind the AL East-leading Rays—3.5 behind the Baltimore Orioles for the second wild-card spot—the Yanks need a jolt now more than ever.

Even at his advanced age, Jeter is still a major asset when healthy. In 2012, he led the majors in hits with 216, batted an impressive .316 and captained New York to an AL-leading 95-67 record.

The squad looked poised for another deep run but ultimately came up short against the Detroit Tigers in the ALCS. Jeter hurt his ankle in Game 1 of what would be a four-game exit for the Yanks.

While the Yankees will need quite a bit of fortune to get back there this year, their luck can start changing on Sunday when Jeter re-enters the lineup against Tampa Bay.