Derek Jeter hits a home run for his 3,000th career hit during the third inning of a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays, as New York Yankees shortstop, Yankee Stadium, New York/AP
Ronald Blum, AP Sports Writer
NEW YORK (AP) - Derek Jeter is set to rejoin the New York Yankees following a nine-month layoff.
The 39-year-old captain was in the starting lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Kansas City Royals.
Jeter broke his left ankle during the AL championship series opener against Detroit last Oct. 13. He had said he would return by opening day, then fractured the ankle again in April during his rehabilitation.
A 13-time All-Star with a .313 career average, Jeter hopes to jolt a batting order that is next-to-last in runs in the AL.
New York hopes to get third baseman Alex Rodriguez back this month following January hip surgery and center fielder Curtis Granderson next month after his broken pinkie has healed. First baseman Mark Teixeira is out for the season following wrist surgery.
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