The Captain is back.
Derek Jeter will make his long-awaited return to the struggling Yankees’ lineup, and apparently not a moment too soon, when he finally takes the field for today’s 1:05 p.m. series finale against the Royals, the Yankees confirmed.
Jeter will start at designated hitter and bat second. Eduardo Nunez will play shortstop, batting seventh.
Jeter, 39, has not played in a major-league game since he suffered a severe fracture of his left ankle during Game 1 of last’s year ALCS. His comeback was further delayed after a second break was discovered in May.
Despite the extended rehab, Jeter seemed to be on the fast track as soon as he reported to Triple-A Scranton on Saturday. He played only four minor-league games – three at shortstop and one at DH – and went 1-for-9 with four walks and three strikeouts.
The Yankees, who snapped a three-game streak of scoring only one run with Wednesday's 8-1 rout of the Royals, have used five different starters at shortstop in Jeter's absence this season.