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Derek Jeter goes 1-for-2 in first Double-A rehab game

Jul 3, 2011, 9:25 AM EDT

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Saturday evening in his first minor league rehab game at Double-A Trenton.

He also played five innings of flawless defense at shortstop, reporting no abnormal pain or discomfort in his once-strained right calf.

Jeter is scheduled to play just one more rehab game with Trenton before rejoining the Yankees for their series-opener Monday night in Cleveland.

The veteran spoke about his recovery, his mindset, and his current fitness to Tim Bontemps of the New York Post:

“I feel good,” Jeter said after the game. “There are no problems whatsoever. It’s just getting at-bats and playing, but I feel good. We play this game every day for a reason. You have to get into a rhythm.”

Jeter’s fill-in, Eduardo Nunez, went 3-for-4 with a home run Saturday in the Yankees’ defeat of the crosstown Mets and is batting .339/.381/.525 since taking over starting shortstop duties on June 14. Nunez will head back to the bench on Monday, but he has earned himself more playing time going forward.

Jeter will return to a .260/.324/.324 batting line. He’s sitting on 2,994 career hits.

  1. ditto65 - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:46 AM

    Now if Nunez could only learn how to use a glove.

    • pisano - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:17 AM

      How about replacing Andruw (strikeout) Jones with Nunez. He’s starting to hit, something Jones can’t do anymore, and he played the outfield in spring training.It would be a shame to sit Nunez down now that he’s getting at bats and hitting and showing he also has some power. That shot yesterday was no cheap homer, it was a blast. As my friend says: “just my opinion””

  2. frankvzappa - Jul 3, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    I can’t remember the last time I saw the words “Jeter” and “double” in the same sentence.

    • yankeesfanlen - Jul 3, 2011 at 10:03 AM

      Sure you have, just not when he’s been on the DL. Jeter grounds into a DOUBLE play.

      I will have no further comments on this matter. Unless I feel like it.

  3. Old Gator - Jul 3, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    He looks so handsome in that minor league uniform.

    • pisano - Jul 3, 2011 at 12:11 PM

      Gator, at this stage of his life he’d look better in street clothes.

  4. aceshigh11 - Jul 3, 2011 at 11:02 AM

    Looks like our long national nightmare is at an end.

    • Old Gator - Jul 3, 2011 at 11:15 AM

      Nope. Another day of grilling ahead….

  5. deathmonkey41 - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:39 PM

    Let the hating begin!

  6. gqrlh - Jul 3, 2011 at 2:42 PM

    DJ will be fine!

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