Healthy Jeter ready to resume chase for 3,000

Right around 6:35 p.m. ET tonight, Derek Jeter will step in for the Yankees against the Indians’ Josh Tomlin, with the captain getting his first chance since June 13 to continue his chase for 3,000 hits.

“It’s been kind of weird. To be quite honest with you, now I just want to go out and play,” Jeter said today at Cleveland’s Progressive Field. “I’m not going to think about it today. Hopefully if I get a few hits one of these days, I’ll think about it getting a little closer. At this point, I just want to go out and play a game because I haven’t played in a while.”

Jeter is in New York’s lineup, batting leadoff and playing shortstop. He said that his right calf feels fine and that he had enough opportunities to test it during his two-game rehab stint with the Double-A Trenton Thunder.

“It feels good to be back. I don’t like to miss games, period, so to be out for three weeks – it’s tough to be away, because you want to be out there playing,” Jeter said. “In retrospect, it probably was the best thing to do.”

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