Unless something happens between now and Thursday, expect to see Derek Jeter in the Yankees’ lineup against the Pirates at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Jeter ran the bases Sunday, and manager Joe Girardi said the shortstop and captain will repeat the exercise before his name is written into the lineup. “There’s probably a pretty good shot,’’ Girardi said of Jeter playing against the Pirates in a game to be televised by YES at 1:05 p.m. After last year’s season ended Sept. 7 for Jeter, he’s anxious to play. “It’s been a while since I’ve played a game,’’ Jeter said. “Everyone looks forward to the first game of spring training.’’ Girardi has started asking players if they are interested in making the trip to Panama next month for a two-game series against the Marlins as a tribute to Mariano Rivera. Jeter believes he is on the trip. “I’m pretty sure I’m going to Panama,’’ Jeter said. “Next year we’re going to Kalamazoo (Mich.).’’ Of course, that’s where Jeter grew up.
Jeter rounds bases, ‘good shot’ to start Grapefruit opener
New York Post | Feb 24