(DETROIT) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter may not return to the field until May. Jeter continues to rehab at the Yankees Tampa facilities will need a “full spring training reset”, according to manager Joe Girardi.
“I think our hope is to get him out on the field soon,” Girardi said on Friday. Asked whether that meant Jeter would need a full six weeks of training camp before returning to action, Girardi said he didn’t think it would be quite that long. But he also acknowledged that it will not be a quick process.
“I don’t think you could say it’s going to be playing three or four games and he’ll be back. He’s going to have to go through somewhat of a spring training,” Girardi continued. “Position players always tell you they don’t need six weeks. Pitchers do. How many weeks he needs, I think it depends on how he bounces back each day when he goes out and plays.”
Jeter has not participated in a game since March 23 since his rehab began on his left ankle. Eduardo Nunez has been filling Jeter’s void at short the first four games of the season.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN