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Yankees pregame: Waiting on the Captain

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Derek Jeter isn’t scheduled to play today in Triple-A, but Joe Girardi still won’t rule him out for the weekend series against the Twins.

“Anything’s possible at this point,” Girardi said.
What day would be the latest he would rule him out?
“Sunday,” Girardi said with a smile.
It does seem like Jeter will be with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for at least two more rehab games after playing just three so far and not going the full way at short yet.
“He’s got to play in the field a little bit longer and back-to-back possibly,” Girardi said. “I know (he thinks) he’s ready to be here. He was ready last week. That’s just Derek.”
The Yankees could sure use Jeter’s bat in the lineup.
“I think the real thing is to make sure he’s ready because you don’t want him to end up pulling something,” Girardi said. “We want to make sure his legs are in shape.”

Travis Hafner is 13 for his last 55, but Girardi is sticking with him at DH.

“It’s hard to put your finger on exactly why he’s struggling, but he is and we need him to hit and that’s the bottom line,” Girardi said. “We need this guy to hit so we’re doing everything we can to get him going.”