MLB roundup: Jeter could be in lineup Sunday

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Derek Jeter says he's almost ready.

The New York Yankees said their shortstop participated in a simulated game Saturday on Staten Island, where the team has a Single-A affiliate. Jeter had eight at-bats, ran from first to third, second to home and also fielded ground balls. The Yankees said Jeter told them he feels good and if he says it again Sunday morning, he will be activated from the DL and play shortstop after missing two weeks with a right quad injury.

According to the New York Daily News, the Yankees purposely kept Jeter's whereabouts to themselves before Saturday's game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"He's gonna do a simulated game. We're not going to disclose where it's at," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said earlier in the day. "We're just gonna let him go do his work and see how he is after today."

He appeared in just one game this season -- on July 11 -- after twice breaking his left ankle. In that game, Jeter suffered a Grade 1 strain of his right quadriceps.

---Los Angeles Angels first baseman/designated hitter Albert Pujols returned to Southern California to have his ailing left foot examined.

He reinjured his foot during Friday night's loss to the Athletics at Oakland, and the Los Angeles Times said it appears the Angels slugger is headed for the disabled list. He has suffered with plantar fasciitis in his left foot for roughly the past decade.

Pujols has appeared in all but two of the Angels' 101 games, but has played in the field in only 34 of those games. Earlier this season, Pujols told the Times he was "dying" and that his foot was "hurting real bad."

The Angels' $200-million man has struggled this year, posting career lows in a number of statistical categories. He currently is batting .258, significantly lower than his previous low of .285. He also is on pace to hit 27 home runs, another career low.

---Texas Rangers reliever Tanner Scheppers was unavailable to pitch on Friday because he was recovering from being "sucker punched" in downtown Cleveland on Thursday night.

After the team arrived in Cleveland and he was settled into his hotel room, Scheppers went to get a bite to eat about two blocks from the team hotel when he was assaulted by several men, he said. No report was filed; there was no robbery and the Cleveland police are aware of the situation, he told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

"One of those freak things," Scheppers said. "I was just getting food and was blindsided. ... It's something you don't want to be talking about. You want to be talking about baseball things."

---Zack Greinke pitched for the Milwaukee Brewers when Ryan Braun successfully overturned a 50-game suspension in 2011. Braun told his believing teammates he never did anything wrong. Now that the truth has come out and Braun has been suspended for the rest of the season, his old teammate and current Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Greinke is disappointed and speaking out.

"The main thing is, yeah, he lied to us," Greinke told the Los Angeles Times. "He forced us to lie for him, threw people under the bus in order to help himself out and didn't care, blamed others for his mistakes and it's just a lot of things you don't expect from people."

Greinke was one of many of those close to Braun who believed him when he said he never used performance-enhancing drugs.

"Oh, yeah, 100 believed him," Greinke said. "Everything was so convincing. He had people to blame. He seemed like a really good guy. He was a good teammate at the time. You don't know the guys that he was pinning it on. I'm not positive, but I think everyone 100 percent believed him at the time."

---The St. Louis Cardinals activated outfielder Matt Holliday from the 15-day disabled list and optioned outfielder Brock Peterson to Triple-A Memphis.

Holliday was placed on the disabled list on July 20, retroactive to July 12, with a strained right hamstring. He was injured in a game on July 12 against the Chicago Cubs while running out a ball to first base.

Holliday has compiled a .268 batting average this season with 13 homers and 47 RBIs.
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