Derek Jeter had expressed optimism Friday that he’d be activated on the first day he’s eligible to return but the Yankees announced following their 10-6 loss to the Rays that they will arrange a simulated game for the shortstop on Saturday.
Jeter who was examined by team doctors after taking batting practice has appeared in just one game this season due to a twice-broken left ankle and then a Grade 1 strain of his right quadriceps that he suffered in his first game back on July 11.
“I feel fine. . . . Everything feels good” Jeter had said between batting practice and his medical examination. “Always hopeful. We’ll see. I really have nothing for you. I didn’t assume there would be anything (wrong). I didn’t think there would be anything. Glad there isn’t. Hopefully it’s fine.”
Joe Girardi also asked Jeter how he was feeling Friday and joked “It was a stupid question.”
The manager had said “I hope so” when asked if he expected the 13-time All-Star shortstop back in the lineup Saturday.