New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter went 0-for-2 with a walk in his first game on a rehab assignment with triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre on Saturday night in Moosic, Pa.
Jeter, recovering from a fractured ankle that he initially suffered last October in the postseason and then reinjured during the spring, started and played five innings against Lehigh Valley before a sellout crowd. He handled one ground ball, which he flipped to second base for a forceout, in his first game action in nine months.
"I missed being around the team, I missed competing, I missed playing," Jeter said before the game. "So I'm happy that I'm getting the opportunity to start playing again."
The 39-year-old Jeter is hoping to return to the Yankees sometime after the All-Star break.
"As long as (the ankle) doesn't break again, I'm good," Jeter joked about his objectives for Saturday's game. "That's what I'm looking for."
Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez went 1-for-2 with a run scored during a rehab game Saturday night for the Yankees' Class A Tampa affiliate against Brevard County. Rodriguez, who is recovering from hip surgery in January, also played five innings.