Jeter singles, rejoins Yanks after 9-month layoff

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Six players have appeared at shortstop in his absence, hitting a combined .211 with two homers and 25 RBIs, according to STATS. Only Seattle shortstops had a lower batting average.

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.

Rodriguez began Thursday 2 for 15 (.133) with one RBI in six minor league games for Tampa and Charleston, both Class A farm teams. Cashman said Rodriguez will be given the full 20 days of the rehab assignment, which runs through July 21.

“There’s a reason he’s in A-ball, and there’s a reason we were able to put Derek in Triple-A right from the start, because Derek was obviously much farther along,” Cashman said.

NOTES: The Yankees cleared a roster spot by designating 1B Travis Ishikawa for assignment. … Hafner bruised his left foot and Gardner his right leg when he was hit by a pitch for the second time.

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