Jeter to play five innings at shortstop for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

08/22/2013 6:26 PM ET
By Josh Horton

Derek Jeter will play five innings at Triple-A on Thursday.(AP)
Derek Jeter will play five innings at shortstop and bat second tonight for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders as they host the Pawtucket Red Sox at PNC Field on Thursday night at 7:05 p.m.

Tonight marks the Yankee captain's first game since Aug. 2 in San Diego. He is recovering from a Grade 1 strain in his right calf.

"It's always good to play, especially when you haven't played in a while," Jeter said. "As much as I would rather not be here, I'd rather be in New York, this is a great place to come."

The shortstop acknowledged the good baseball the Yankees have been playing and hopes the team's streak continues, especially with New York being just four games out of the wild card race.

"Yeah, I want to be there. This is the time of the year that you would like to be playing," Jeter said following batting practice at PNC Field. "I've missed more games this year than I think my entire year combined due to injury. So, it's been a pretty frustrating year for me."

As for when her returns to the Yankees' lineup, Jeter says the decision isn't up to him.

"I lost all my bargaining power, because last time I came back I got hurt," Jeter said with a smile. "So, there's not much I can say."

Thursday night marks the second stint this season for Jeter in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. He feels lucky to have had a mostly injury-free career and admits this season has been very frustrating.

"Frustrating is the best way to put it. I understand I have been pretty fortunate my entire year to avoid major injuries except for my shoulder. I guess it was my turn," Jeter said with a shrug. "When I came back the initial time for me to stay healthy I guess it just wasn't in the cards. I'm hoping everything goes well here these next couple of days, so I can get back to New York with no other problems."

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