Jeter Begins Rehab With Minor-League RailRiders, Yankees Say

Derek Jeter will resume playing in games today as he nears the end of his comeback from a broken ankle, the New York Yankees said.

The Major League Baseball team’s shortstop and captain will play at least five innings for the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, according to a news release from the Yankees.

Jeter, 39, broke the ankle in last year’s playoffs and re-fractured it in spring training.

Manager Joe Girardi said he wanted to see Jeter play several minor-league games before committing to the player’s return before the All-Star break begins July 15.

“I think he has to feel comfortable playing,” Girardi said. “He really hasn’t had a whole lot of at-bats. He has not played a whole lot of infield. So (we need to see him) being able to go back-to-back days, back-to-back-to-back days -- that sort of thing.”

Third baseman Alex Rodriguez began a rehab assignment with one of the Yankees’ Class A farm clubs last week. Rodriguez is coming back from hip surgery.

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