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Derek Jeter returns to play shortstop, but Joe Girardi still concerned

Derek Jeter reaches base on a single during

Derek Jeter reaches base on a single during the second game of a doubleheader against the Toronto Blue Jays at Yankee Stadium. (Sept. 19, 2012) (Credit: Getty)

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Girardi said he hasn’t seen Derek Jeter limp “the last few days,” obviously a good sign.

But that doesn’t mean Girardi thinks Jeter, who was back in the field at shortstopMonday night, is past the bone bruise in his left ankle that’s troubled him in recent weeks. “I think it’s a little better but my fear is, it’s just that one step that sends him back to where he was,” Girardi said.

A step that can occur at any point in a game.

“I cringe every time he hits a ball in the hole,” he said. “You hope the [fielder] doesn’t get to it because it’s that one time he’s going to kill himself trying to get to first base.”

Jeter entered the game with an MLB-leading 206 hits and coming off an 11-for-36 (.306) homestand.

Tags: Derek Jeter , Yankees , Joe Girardi

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