Derek Jeter’s absence from the New York Yankees with a broken ankle is ending this afternoon in the Bronx.
Jeter is in the starting lineup, batting second as the designated hitter, for today’s 1 p.m. Major League Baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium.
It will be the first major-league appearance for the Yankees’ 39-year-old captain and All-Star shortstop since he broke his ankle in the playoffs against the Detroit Tigers in October.
“We looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today,” Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman was quoted as saying by ESPN. “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.”
There’s a 70 percent chance of rain with thunderstorms likely and a high temperature of 84 degrees Fahrenheit (29 degrees Celsius) this afternoon in New York, according to the National Weather Service.
Jeter had been expected to be sidelined until after next week’s All-Star break after Cashman said in April that he had a “small crack in the area of his previous injury.” He played four minor-league games with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Jeter’s 3,304 career hits rank 11th in major-league history. The 13-time All-Star needs 11 hits to tie Eddie Collins and move into the top 10.
The Yankees are 49-42, six games behind the American League East-leading Boston Red Sox, who are 56-37. The Tampa Bay Rays, at 52-40, and Baltimore Orioles, 50-42, also lead New York in the division standings.
First baseman Travis Ishikawa was designated for assignment to make room for Jeter on the Yankees’ roster.