By Pat O'Rourke
The last time the Red Sox faced the Yankees, you probably didn’t recognize many names looking at the lineup.
Don’t worry, one of those familiar names is on the verge of returning to the Yankee lineup.
Shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter, who hasn’t played since breaking his ankle in the 2012 ALCS against Detroit, will begin a rehab assignment Saturday for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Moosic, Pa. He is expected to play at least five innings at shortstop for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, who host the Lehigh Valley IronPigs in a Saturday night International League showdown between for Eastern Pennsylvania supremacy.
Jeter is expected to be with the RailRiders through at least the All-Star break, and will join the Yankees at some point thereafter.
The Bronx Bombers have missed Jeter in 2013, as they’ve gotten little offensive production from the shortstop position, with six players (Reid Brignac, Robinson Cano, Luis Cruz, Alberto Gonzalez, Jayson Nix, Eduardo Nunez) have hit an aggregate .205 with just two home runs and 21 RBI, with an OPS of just .553 from the position according to baseball-reference.com.
The Yankees currently sit in 3rd place in the AL East at 46-39, 1 ½ games back of Baltimore for the second AL wildcard spot and six games back of the Red Sox for the division lead.