NEW YORK – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will start playing in minor league games on Saturday as he works his way back from an ankle injury.
The team announced on Friday that Jeter, who hasn’t played this season due to a broken left ankle, has been cleared to begin a rehab assignment and is scheduled to join Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. The Yankees captain is scheduled to play at least five innings in Saturday’s game.
Jeter broke his ankle in the opener of the AL championship series on Oct. 13. After surgery, he played just five spring training games because of soreness. A new break was discovered on April 18.
On Friday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Jeter took six simulated at-bats against minor league pitchers and ran the bases after putting the ball in play. He also did one of his signature jump throws to first after fielding a grounder in the hole during defensive drills.
RAYS: Right-hander Alex Cobb threw off a mound for the first time since being hit in the head by a line drive last month.
Cobb had the bullpen session before Friday night’s game against the Chicago White Sox. There is no timetable for when Cobb will pitch in a game.
Cobb said his vertigo symptoms have improved over the past week.
Cobb was struck in the right ear by a ball hit by Kansas City’s Eric Hosmer on June 15 and was hospitalized overnight after being carted off the field.
PIRATES: A.J. Burnett is set to return to the Pittsburgh rotation. Manager Clint Hurdle says the veteran right-hander will start Sunday against the Chicago Cubs after being sidelined the past month because of a strained right calf.
ROYALS: Outfielder Alex Gordon passed a battery of concussion tests and was cleared by the team’s medical staff to take batting practice before Friday night’s game against Oakland.
WHITE SOX: Chicago designated catcher Hector Gimenez for assignment, and recalled catcher Josh Phegley and outfielder Blake Tekotte from Triple-A Charlotte.
DODGERS: Outfielder Carl Crawford has been activated from the disabled list after he was sidelined by a hamstring injury.
METS: New York recalled first baseman Ike Davis from Triple-A Las Vegas.
Davis was demoted on June 10 due to a poor start, hitting just .161 in 55 games.