Derek Jeter injury: Yankees SS to begin rehab assignment Thursday

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Derek Jeter could return to the Yankees this weekend, which is good timing for a team that just lost another player due to injury.

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will make a five-inning rehab appearance for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Thursday, according to manager Joe Girardi (via CBS Sports' Mike Axisa).

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Jeter is in the midst of his third stint on the disabled list this season; all three have been due to leg injuries. The 39-year-old star has been limited to five games this season because of ankle, quadriceps and calf ailments. Jeter is 4 for 19 at the plate with a home run and a pair of walks.

Assuming Jeter's rehab assignment is successful, he could return to the big club just in time. The Yankees will likely lose utility infielder Jayson Nix to the disabled list after he suffered a fractured left hand after being hit by a pitch thrown by Toronto Blue Jays hurler R.A. Dickey on Wednesday. Jeter is not expected to be activated in time for the start of the Yankees' series against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, per Axisa, but a weekend return doesn't appear to be out of the question.

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