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Sunday return 'unlikely' for Derek Jeter

08/15/2013 1:00 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

The Yankees don't expect Derek Jeter to be ready when he is eligible to come off the DL on Sunday.(AP)
How long will it be before the Yankees' Captain is back on the active roster?

Derek Jeter, of course, isn't saying anything, and manager Joe Girardi was also noncommittal during his pre-game press conference prior to Thursday's series finale

Jeter took grounders on the field and did some light hitting on Thursday, and will head to Tampa to continue his rehab when the Yankees head to Boston this weekend. The Captain is eligible to return from the DL on Sunday, but it doesn't look like he'll be activated right away.

"I wouldn't think so," Girardi said when asked if Sunday was a possibility. "He really hasn't run or run the bases, so we have to go day by day and see where he's at. Hopefully, it's sooner than later."

The Yankees begin a four-game set with Toronto here at the Stadium on Tuesday, and that begins with a day-night doubleheader; the team can recall a 26th man for that day - or, theoretically, could just re-add Jeter and keep whomever is being sent out as that extra body - but Girardi said there are still some things The Captain needs to do before that's a possibility.

"I'm not sure (about Toronto); he's gotta go through some hurdles first," Girardi said. "Running the bases is obviously one, and maybe playing a game or two, but we have to make sure he clears all the hurdles before we put him out there."

Still, Jeter seems to be progressing, and the skipper dismissed the notion that because he's now rehabbing a third different injury suffered in 2013, the organization is being "overcautious" to make sure that The Captain is 100 percent and can play out the season rather than rush him back.

"I don't sense that we're being overcautious, I think we're just taking it day by day," Girardi said. "I'm a guy that never puts a date on when a guy's coming back; that way, if he's not quite ready, all these red flags don't go up and I don't have to answer the questions."

And so, the skipper says, Jeter's return date will be determined as soon as everyone in the process is on the same page.

"It's communication with the trainers and Derek telling us how he's doing," Girardi said. "It's good that he's taking ground balls because he has to make movements. When he feels that he's ready (to progress), we'll give it a shot…and when he's ready, he'll be here." 

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