Derek Jeter collects two hits in rehab outing for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

08/22/2013 11:35 PM ET
By Josh Horton

Derek Jeter collected two hits in his rehab assignment at Triple-A.(AP)
Derek Jeter did exactly what he does best in his first at-bat for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders on Thursday night at PNC Field. On the first pitch he saw, he roped a stand up double to right-center field.

The Yankee shortstop finished the night 2-for-3 with a double, an RBI-single and also scored a run in his three at-bats. He also played five innings at shortstop.

"I feel good, it always feels good to get a hit," Jeter said of his first-inning double. "The guys are trying to win. I felt good and the most important thing is physically I felt good."

Jeter proved his calf felt fine as he hustled into second with a hard slide after reaching on a fielder's choice earlier in the home half of the third inning.

"It felt fine. I've been doing a lot of running down in Florida before I came down here so everything is a little different when you're in games, but there were no issues."

However, in the field he misplayed a chopper off the bat of Heiker Meneses. Jeter took a step back and the ball went off of his glove.

"I don't know, I didn't catch it," Jeter said of his fourth-inning error. "I wish I had an explanation for you, it really was easy, I just dropped it in my glove. I don't know if I took my eye off it, I'm not sure if I took my eye off it. I'm not sure, but yeah that shouldn't happen."

Jeter is fairly certain he will be playing for the RailRiders again on Friday night at PNC Field. He said he just needed to talk to the training staff following Thursday night's game.

If Jeter indeed does play Friday evening he will face knuckleballer in Charlie Haeger. It will be the second knuckleball pitcher Jeter has faced in as many days.

"Yeah I know, how about that? I don't know how to answer that. I feel good at the plate, I am sure I'll have plenty of at-bats. Ideally you don't want to face a knuckleballer, just because you can throw all your mechanics out the window," Jeter said of hitting a knuckleball. "It's like playing softball. You know, it is what it is, I'm sure I'll face somebody who doesn't throw knuckleballs."

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