Yankees to Activate Derek Jeter Thursday

Robert Rogers/MLB Photos via Getty Images (NEW YORK) --  The captain is ready to return to the Bronx. 

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed that shortstop Derek Jeter is making his season debut Thursday afternoon against the Kansas City Royals.

"After the game last night, after Hafner got hurt, we looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today. Derek was scheduled to DH in Scranton, so I figured, he could DH and sit around in the rain in Scranton, or he can DH and sit around in the rain in the Bronx. We chose the Bronx," Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor.

Jeter will bat second and serve as the team's designated hitter in his season debut.

The 39-year-old Jeter played in four rehab games Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and experienced no pain or discomfort when playing the field.

Jeter originally broke his ankle on October 13 and had surgery to repair it.  He played in five spring training games but a new break was discovered April 18 and the team was forced to shut him down until now.

His return should provide a spark to the Yankees, who have managed to stay above .500 but currently sit in fourth-place in the American League East.

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