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The Yankees’ captain has played in five games for SWB and five for New York.

Last updated: August 23. 2013 12:54AM - 3155 Views
DAVE ROSENGRANT
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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts to a feeble bunt attempt with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against Pawtucket at PNC Field in Moosic on Thursday night.  BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
BILL TARUTIS
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts to a feeble bunt attempt with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders against Pawtucket at PNC Field in Moosic on Thursday night. BILL TARUTIS/FOR THE TIMES LEADER
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MOOSIC — Derek Jeter describes his season in one word: frustrating.
Currently on the disabled list for the third time this season and now rehabbing from a strained calf injury suffered earlier this month, Jeter made his second appearance at PNC Field on Thursday.
The 39-year-old Jeter reached base three times for the RailRiders, going 2-for-3 while playing five innings at shortstop before being replace by Addison Maruszak.
“I felt good, and the most important thing is physically to make sure I feel good. I’ve been doing a lot of running down in Florida before I came back here. But there were no issues,” Jeter said as he knocked on wood in his locker in the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre clubhouse after Thursday’s game.
Jeter’s injury-riddled season means he played his fifth game this season for Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, equaling the number he’s played for New York all season. He has also spent time on the disabled list with ankle and quad injuries and has missed 122 Yankees games.
New York played game No. 127 of the season on Thursday and is now just 3.5 games out of the second Wild Card playoff spot. He knows he has to get in at-bats, but Jeter can’t wait to join his teammates, who start a series in Tampa on Friday. But first he has to finish his current rehab stint, which is expected to end sometime this weekend because the RailRiders are only home for two more games — today and Saturday.
“I’m always anxious to get back to New York. It’s been a very frustrating year for me. I think I missed more games this season due to injury than I have my entire career combined,” Jeter said. “I want to get back as soon as possible. I understand there’s a process to it.”
The Yankees captain is absolutely right as the five games he’s played in the minors are the most he’s been in since 2003, when he played five games for the Trenton Thunder. That year was the fewest amount of games he’s played in a season, seeing action in just 119 games. This season, he won’t get in more than 40 games for the Yankees.
Jeter’s only problem on the night came in the top of the fourth when Pawtucket’s Heiker Meneses hit a chopper up the middle that the future Hall of Famer couldn’t handle. He was charged with an error that allowed two runs to score. He rebounded on a play later in the inning, charging a weakly hit grounder, fielding it cleanly and firing to first to get the out.
“I didn’t catch it,” Jeter said about the error. “I wish I had an explanation for you. It was easy enough. I just dropped it. I really don’t know. I don’t know if I took my eye off it. I’m not sure, but that shouldn’t happen.”
Jeter faced Pawtucket knuckleballer Steven Wright all three times up. In the first inning he drilled the first pitch he saw from the right-hander to the gap in left-center for a double, moved to third on a groundout and later scored on a double by Dan Johnson.
He reached base grounding into a fielder’s choice in his second at-bat, beating out the throw to first using his usual hustle, not showing any effects of leg issues.
With a two-strike count in his third appearance at the plate, Jeter lined a shot up the middle that brought home Bobby Wilson. The grounder was fielded by PawSox second baseman Brock Holt, but he had to dive behind the base and didn’t throw to first.

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