Derek Jeter ran on the field yesterday, but his return to the Yankees lineup is still weeks away.
“I don’t really have a date in my head when he’s going to be back,” Joe Girardi said. “I am happy to see that he’s on the field. That’s pleasing to all of us. … (When he comes back) probably depends on how he can do back-to-back, how his body responds. It’s not like it’s going to be a two- or three-game rehab. It’s not. It’s going to have to be more, and you’re going to have to see him maybe four out of five days and that sort of thing.”
Girardi said Jeter doesn’t necessarily need to play a bunch of nine-inning games — seven innings at a time is enough, Girardi said — the real key is being able to play, then being able to play again the next day. And the next day. Jeter will come back to be the Yankees regular shortstop, so there won’t be any shortcuts.
Above is video of Girardi discussing Jeter’s rehab, and how long it might take to get Jeter in the lineup.