Jeter to begin rehab stint on Thursday, could be activated soon
The 39-year-old first returned from ankle surgery on July 11, knocking in an RBI and scoring a run of his own, but a quad injury sidelined him after just one game. He returned from the quad injury on July 28 by blasting a home run during his first at-bat, but a calf strain landed him back on the DL after his fourth game.
Currently sitting five games back of a wild card spot, the Yankees are desperately hoping that the next time Jeter returns, it will be for good. That return may be just around the corner, as Jeter is expected to begin a rehab assignment with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday. The plan is to play Jeter at shortstop for five innings in his first game back, and if all goes well, it is reasonable to expect him back with the Yankees within the next few days.
Primary shortstop Eduardo Nunez - with a .244 average and .638 OPS - simply has not been productive enough in the absence of Jeter. In addition, Nunez's ten errors are three more than anyone else on the team, which is fairly embarrassing considering he has played in only 62 games. The options behind Nunez have not shown much during their opportunities to play either.
Jeter batted .316 last season on his way to finishing seventh in MVP voting. He had the same amount of errors as Nunez has this year (10), while playing more than twice as many games in the field (135). While a return to his 2012 form would be a lofty expectation, whatever Jeter does bring should be a significant upgrade both in the lineup and in the field.