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Derek Jeter goes 0 for 2, plays five innings in first rehab game

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Derek Jeter has started his road back to the Yankees. (USATSI)
Derek Jeter has started his road back to the Yankees. (USATSI)

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In his first minor-league rehab game with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Yankees captain Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 with a walk in three trips to the plate. He played five innings at shortstop and only had to field one ground ball, which he flipped to second for a force out.

Jeter, 39, is recovering from two fractures in his left ankle. He suffered the intial break last October and had surgery shortly therafter. The second, smaller fracture occurred in early May and did not require surgery. Jeter is expected to return to the Yankees shortly after the All-Star break.

Jayson Nix, Reid Brignac, Alberto Gonzalez, Eduardo Nunez and Luis Cruz have all started games at shortstop for the Yankees this season. They have collectively hit .206/.269/.282 (64 OPS+) on the year, a far cry from the .316/.362/.429 (114 OPS+) batting line Jeter produced in 2012.

The Yankees are also without third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip), who is currently on a rehab assignment with High-A Tampa.

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