TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Derek Jeter is set to rejoin the Yankees on
Monday in his return from a calf injury.

The shortstop said Thursday he will play minor league rehab
games Saturday and Sunday at Double-A Trenton and be with the
Yankees for a series in Cleveland.

“I feel good now,” Jeter said after working out at the
Yankees’ minor league complex. “I feel a lot better. I’m ready to
get out of here.”

The team captain is six hits shy of 3,000. A return next week
could put him on track to reach the milestone at Yankee Stadium
during a four-game series against Tampa Bay from July 7-10. Then
comes the All-Star break, and New York opens the second half with
an eight-game road trip.

Jeter had been eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list
Wednesday but wasn’t ready. His bid to become the 28th major
leaguer –and first with the Yankees– to get 3,000 hits has been
on hold since he strained his right calf June 13 against the

“I hadn’t done anything for a couple weeks, so it takes a
little while to get loose and get in baseball shape,” Jeter said.
Jeter, who turned 37 on Sunday, is batting .260 with two homers
and 20 RBIs. He has 12 extra-base hits in 262 at-bats and a .324
on-base percentage.

Jeter increased his intensity in Thursday’s workout, running
from home to first after hitting a ball and also turning double
plays. He had 60 swings in batting practice, took grounders and ran
from first to third.

“Things have gone well,” said Jeter, who is scheduled to
workout Friday in Florida before departing for Trenton.

Also, converted reliever Mark Prior, on the DL at Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of a strained groin, could throw
batting practice Saturday.

Right-hander Rafael Soriano, out with right elbow inflammation,
has started long toss sessions.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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