Derek Jeter may resume his quest for a 3,000th career hit on July 4 against the Cleveland Indians.
Jeter got his 2,994th hit in a 1-0 loss to the Indians on June 13 before sustaining a strained right calf that led to his first stint on the disabled list since 2003. He’s seeking to become the first member of the New York Yankees and the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to reach 3,000 hits.
The 37-year-old Jeter has been working out in Tampa, Florida, and may play the first of two rehabilitation games in two days for Double-A Trenton, which hosts Altoona, Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman said on the team’s website.
“We’ll see how he feels (today),” Cashman said. “If all goes well, he could be looking at a rehab assignment as early as Saturday.”
Jeter, in his 17th season as the Yankees’ shortstop, would be the first major-leaguer to reach 3,000 hits since Craig Biggio in 2007.
While former Yankees Dave Winfield, Rickey Henderson and Wade Boggs topped 3,000 hits during their careers, Jeter would be the first to reach the mark while playing with the 27-time World Series champion.
Pete Rose holds the major-league record of 4,256 hits.