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Yanks’ Jeter To Play in Rehab Game

May 26, 2000

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reported no problems after his second full-scale workout Thursday and is likely to play in minor league games Friday and Saturday.

Jeter, currently on the 15-day disabled list with a strained abdominal muscle, is eligible to come off the DL on Saturday. Manager Joe Torre hopes to have Jeter activated for Sunday night’s game against Boston.

Jeter took approximately 10 minutes each of ground balls and live batting practice, and also ran the bases Thursday at the Yankees’ player development center in Tampa Fla.

``It’s going very well,″ Jeter said.

Jeter is expected to play for Class A Tampa in a Florida State League game Friday night.

Jeter was hitless (0-for-13) in his last four games before being pulled in the third inning May 11 game against Tampa Bay. This is the second time Jeter, the AL’s Rookie of the Year in 1996, has gone on the DL. He was sidelined with an abdominal strain in 1998.

Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, meanwhile, met with his high-ranking baseball officials for the fourth consecutive day Thursday.

The Yankees are thought to be interested in a number of strong offensive players, including Detroit’s Juan Gonzalez. Others reportedly include Kansas City’s Johnny Damon, the Chicago Cubs’ Sammy Sosa, Tampa Bay’s Jose Canseco and Baltimore’s B.J. Surhoff.

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