Derek Jeter will make his long-awaited comeback to the New York Yankees line-up on Thursday.
General manager Brian Cashmore confirmed to ESPN that Jeter would return as designated hitter in place of the injured Travis Hefner when the Yankees welcome the Kansas City Royals.
The 39-year-old has been out since breaking his ankle in last season’s American League Championship Series loss to the Detroit Tigers.
Joe Girardi would not rule out the prospect of Jeter returning on Thursday and even suggested he could return to shortstop by Friday.
The Yankees captain has played four times for Triple A side Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and Cashmore felt that he may has well come back into the Yankees line-up as DH.
"After the game last night, after [Travis] Hafner got hurt, we looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today,” he is quoted as saying
“Derek was scheduled to DH in Scranton, so I figured, he could DH and sit around in the rain in Scranton, or he can DH and sit around in the rain in the Bronx. We chose the Bronx.”
Hafner’s injury was sustained in bizarre circumstances – he suffered a bruise on the top of his left foot after getting hit by a ball in the batting cage.
He was taken by surprise when the Yankees batting machine malfunctioned, sending one down and in.
Fans at Yankee Stadium will be glad to see Jeter back out on the field, as Girardi has struggled to draft in reliable replacements at shortstop since the injury.