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Derek Jeter aims to play shortstop on Wednesday

Mar 11, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

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After spending two games in the designated hitter spot, Derek Jeter is itching to test his surgically-repaired ankle at his familiar shortstop position.

According to Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Jeter said following today’s Grapefruit League game that the plan is for him to play shortstop Wednesday against the Phillies. After going 1-for-2 with a single in his return during his spring debut on Saturday, Jeter was hitless in two at-bats this afternoon against the Cardinals.

The Yankees will wait to see how Jeter’s ankle feels before making an official decision about Wednesday, but manager Joe Girardi said that he’ll play four or five innings for his first time back on the field. It’s unlikely that he’ll play back-to-back games at shortstop right out of the gate, but he should have plenty of time to get there before Opening Day.

Jeter, 38, led the majors with 216 hits last season and currently sits 11th all-time with 3,304 career hits. If healthy, he should continue to climb that illustrious list this year. He’s just 12 hits away from passing Eddie Collins for 10th place and 16 away from passing Paul Molitor for ninth.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Full speed ahead Captain. Well sort of!

  2. proudlycanadian - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    By the way, Yankee fans, I am grateful that Jeter helped me narrowly win my AL only fantasy league last season. I certainly did not object to those ground balls that he did not get to. He still had a fine season and fielding metrics are not a factor in my fantasy league.

    • kiwicricket - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:07 PM

      You know the rules, PC. No talking about Fantasy leagues on HBT.

      • Kevin S. - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:24 PM

        When did we pass that rule? That’s fantastic.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 12, 2013 at 6:27 AM

        Is that one of those unwritten rules?

  3. mrfloydpink - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:29 PM

    Of course, he’s been aiming to play shortstop for years; doesn’t mean he’s actually done it.

  4. fanofevilempire - Mar 12, 2013 at 7:07 AM

    Is that one of those unwritten rules?

    It’s not unwritten anymore, you have been warned.

    Derek knows he can play ss, they just want him to be careful.
    He will ready, he always is.

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