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A regular shortstop of Jeter’s age is rare but not unprecedented. Omar Vizquel was 38 when the 2006 season started and played 152 games at that position for the Giants, according to STATS. Luke Appling was 42 on opening day of the 1949 season and made 141 appearances at shortstop that year for the Chicago White Sox.

“I really believe that when he’s healed, he’s going to be a good player for us. It’s just a matter of when,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Friday before the start of a series in Toronto. “I think once he heals up and we get him back, he’ll play at a high level. But the question now is, when is it going to be?

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AP Sports Writers David Ginsburg and Fred Goodall, AP Baseball Writer Janie McCauley and AP freelance writers Mark Didtler and Ian Harrison contributed to this report.