Derek Jeter HRs on 1st pitch in return to Yankees

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A favorable schedule should help keep Jeter playing every day at the start. The Yankees have off days Monday and Thursday next week, then only play six games before their next open day.

Girardi said he’s been preaching a cautious approach for Jeter when he runs the bases, at least in the first few games of his comeback, to protect the leg.

And despite having difficulty embracing the concept before the game, Jeter appeared to hold back a bit running out to grounders.

Jeter still wasn’t endorsing the style of play afterward.

“I don’t want to learn how to do it. I understand I have to do it, especially the first week or two,” he said. “I feel awful doing it. I don’t like doing it. I hope nobody watches me do it.”

A career .313 hitter, Jeter was eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday but the Yankees instead had him participate in a simulated game that was shrouded in secrecy.

The location of the workout was not disclosed until after the Yankees‘ 1-0 loss to the Rays.

“I don’t know, it wasn’t my idea. They needed to see some things,” Jeter said. “Evidently they saw what they needed to see.”

NOTES: RHP David Phelps (forearm strain) said he will make his second rehab start Tuesday, for Double-A Trenton. … Injured INF 3B Jayson Nix (strained right hamstring) should be activated when the Yankees visit the Dodgers on Tuesday.

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