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Derek Jeter to begin rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton on Thursday

08/21/2013 7:35 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

Derek Jeter will begin his rehab assignment for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday.(AP)
Derek Jeter is officially on the way back once again.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi confirmed Wednesday that his Captain is headed to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to begin a rehabilitation assignment, which will begin with Jeter playing five innings at shortstop for the RailRiders on Thursday night.

Jeter had a workout on Wednesday where he ran the bases and came through with flying colors. That said, Girardi has admitted several times that the Captain's comeback road this time has been evaluated on a one day at a time basis - with this rehab assignment being no different.

"We'll go day-by-day and see how he responds each day, but the plan I think is for him to play five innings in the field tomorrow and go from there," Girardi said.

Girardi had no timetable for Jeter's return to the big club, but said at the very least that even if Thursday's game is a huge success, a reunion Friday in Tampa is almost certainly not a possibility.

"I don't think that will happen, I think he'll be there a few games," Girardi said.

That said, the RailRiders head out on the road after Saturday's game with Pawtucket, so it does seem likely that Jeter could rejoin the Yankees for the finale in Tampa. 

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