Jeter could start for Yankees Sunday

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by Matt Mitchell

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Posted on July 27, 2013 at 10:12 PM

Updated Saturday, Jul 27 at 10:15 PM

Derek Jeter played a simulated game on Saturday, and if he feels good when he arrives at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, manager Joe Girardi plans to start him at shortstop.

The Yankee captain missed the first 91 games of the season with a fractured left ankle, before making his debut on July 11 against the Kansas City Royals. Serving as the Yankees designated hitter, Jeter went 1-for-4, but suffered a quadriceps strain running the bases and landed back on the DL.

Jeter was eligible to be activated Saturday, but the Yankees were extra cautious, having him get eight at-bats at the team's minor league facility in Staten Island, facing one of the Single-A Staten Island Yankees pitchers.

"[He] ran first to third, singles, second to home, had him stand and take ground balls, and kind of stand there -- simulate as much of the game [as possible]," Girardi said. "Because the one thing that you can talk about is, you can be in tremendous shape, but playing shape is a little bit different. Cause you gotta get used to standing around, starting and stopping. So we had him do all that, and as of right now, he came out very well. So we'll see how he feels tomorrow."

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