Today, the New York Yankees will welcome back their Captain. Derek Jeter will return this afternoon against the Kansas City Royals. It has yet to be determined if Jeter will play shortstop or designated hitter in his first game back. If Yankees fans have learned anything in watching Jeter’s legendary career, no one will be surprised if he insists on taking the field at short.
The Yankees have done a marvelous job of staying in the hunt in both the AL East and AL Wildcard races. This, despite a roster that has been severely depleted roster. For the majority of the season, the Yankees have had a list of “who’s who” on the disabled list. The return of The Captain to a team that has fought hard all season could be the injection of energy the Yankees need. That sounds funny to say about a 39-year-old, but in Jeter’s case it couldn’t be more accurate.
Don’t be surprised if Jeter makes an instant impact tonight. The Yankees are looking to earn a four-game split with the feisty Royals. Kansas City took the first two in The Bronx, while the Yankees bats woke up and won 8-1 Wednesday. It will be Jeter’s first game since fracturing his ankle against the Tigers in October.
The Yankees and Royals are set for a 1:05 first pitch in The Bronx. Fittingly, Andy Pettitte will be on the mound for The Bombers.