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Derek Jeter in lineup this afternoon for first time since ankle fracture

Mar 9, 2013, 12:25 PM EDT

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Mariano Rivera won’t be the only Yankees’ legend returning to action today. After receiving “final clearance” on his surgically-repaired ankle earlier this week, Derek Jeter will make his Grapefruit League debut this afternoon against the Braves. He’ll serve as the designated hitter and bat leadoff.

Jeter hasn’t encountered any setbacks since surgery last October to repair a fractured left ankle suffered during the ALCS. The Yankees will likely wait a little while before testing him at shortstop in a live game, but he’s expected to be ready for Opening Day on April 1 against the Red Sox.

Jeter, who turns 39 in June, batted .316/.362/.429 last season and led the majors in hits.

  1. fanofevilempire - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    asked about the ankle he said he is pretty sure it won’t fall off.
    he sounds like he is ready.
    he will be there, he always is.

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 9, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    He sure had a great season at the plate last year for a player of his advanced age. I had him on my fantasy team last year, but doubt that I will end up with him this season.

  3. badintent - Mar 9, 2013 at 10:22 PM

    minka got Jeter on her fantasy team, the line goes around the block.!!!

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