The Yankees managed to stay near the top of the AL East without their depleted lineup for much of the first three months of the season. The team’s steady decline in the standings, while some of its injured stars inch closer to returning to The Bronx, has not changed Derek Jeter’s rehab process. “I told you all along, as soon as I can play, I’ll play,” Jeter said after working out yesterday at the team’s minor league complex and at Steinbrenner Field. “It has nothing to do with [team] performance.” The shortstop, who was able to do agility drills outside, but has yet to run the bases, said it’s no different being away from the team when it’s struggling as it is when it’s having success. “I’m frustrated, regardless,” Jeter said. “We could be undefeated right now, I’d still be frustrated. I don’t like to sit out regardless of how the team is doing, good or bad. I want to play. “I want the team to be doing better, but I want to be back just as bad, either way.” Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Francisco Cervelli again joined Jeter as rehabbing starters who hope to return before it’s too late. Despite more inclement weather, Jeter was able to get in some drills outside. He insisted the recent sloppy conditions have not slowed his recovery. “I haven’t missed a thing because of the weather,” Jeter said. “There’s ways around the weather. I got everything in.” The Yankees have yet to announce when any of the sidelined players could begin minor league rehab assignments, which would trigger a 20-day clock before they would have to be activated — barring setbacks.
‘L’s don’t hurry up Jeter's return
New York Post | Jul 1