The long road has come to an end.
Derek Jeter, who has yet to play this season after undergoing surgery on his left ankle last October, will return to the Yankees’ lineup Thursday, according to FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal.
Jeter reportedly is expected to either play his usual shortstop position or serve as the designated hitter as New York hosts the Kansas City Royals. The 39-year-old played the fourth and final game of his rehab assignment at Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre last Thursday, and he went 1-for-9 with four walks during his stint with the club.
Jeter suffered his original ankle injury during last year’s American League Championship Series. He then suffered a setback in April, as doctors discovered a crack in his ankle.
The Yankees have been banged up all season, yet they’re still very much in the thick of the AL East race. The offense has been sputtering of late, though, so Jeter’s return comes at a perfect time for the Bronx Bombers.