Derek Jeter likely to play Thursday

Derek Jeter throws to second base during spring

Derek Jeter throws to second base during spring training baseball practice in Tampa on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014. (Credit: AP / Charlie Neibergall)

TAMPA, Fla. - Fans making the trek to Tampa to see Derek Jeter one final time in a spring training game won't have to wait long.

Joe Girardi indicated Sunday that the 39-year-old shortstop is likely to make his debut Thursday against the Pirates at Steinbrenner Field in the Yankees' third exhibition game.

"Everything's good," Jeter said after another full workout that included running the bases for the first time. Girardi said he wants to see Jeter run the bases one more time before playing him.

"It's been a while since I played in a game," said Jeter, who last played Sept. 7 against the Red Sox and was limited to 17 games last season because of various injuries. "I think everyone looks forward to the first game of spring training. You want to get some games under your belt."

Jeter said he is likely to be among those who travel to Panama City on March 14-16 to play the Marlins and honor Mariano Rivera.

Bailey a low-risk move

General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees had nothing to lose by signing righthander Andrew Bailey, the 2009 AL Rookie of the Year with the A's, to a minor-league deal.

"When he was healthy, he was an exceptional reliever," Cashman said of Bailey, 29, who has battled injuries the last two seasons, including a torn capsule in 2013 when he was with the Red Sox. "He's coming off a shoulder surgery [in July], so we're taking a flier . . . If we can get a reward out of it, great. If not, nothing ventured, nothing gained."

Extra bases

Girardi said Vidal Nuño will start Tuesday's exhibition opener against Florida State. Ivan Nova will start the Grapefruit League opener Wednesday against the Pirates in Bradenton, followed by David Phelps on Thursday and Adam Warren on Friday . . . Alfonso Soriano missed a third straight day with the flu but could come in for a "light" workout Monday, Girardi said.

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