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Yanks’ Jeter May Return Saturday

May 27, 2000

NEW YORK (AP) _ All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter, sidelined since May 11 by an abdominal strain, was expected to return to the New York Yankees’ lineup for Saturday’s game against Boston.

The Yankees hoped to activate Jeter from the 15-day disabled list after he arrives at the ballpark.

``It looks that way,″ manager Joe Torre said after Friday night’s 4-1 loss to the Red Sox.

Jeter played for Class-A Tampa in the Florida State League on Friday night, going 2-for-3 with a double and scoring twice against Lakeland. He was flawless in the field. He headed to the airport for a late flight back to New York.

``I’m out of here at 10:30,″ Jeter said following the minor league game. ``I’m anxious to get back regardless of who we’re playing. Obviously it’s a big series, but at this point you’ve been away so long I’m just looking forward to playing again.″

``I’m trying to see if I’m healthy, that’s the biggest concern,″ he said. ``I feel healthy, but sometimes you really can’t tell until you get into a game, the adrenaline gets going and you get into a game situation.″

Jeter is hitless in his last four games for the Yankees. At 0-for-13, it’s his longest slump since a four-game drought in April 1997.

Jeter is hitting .266 with three home runs and 13 RBIs for New York.

``It’s a tough injury,″ he said. ``It’s something every movement you do, you don’t throw, you can’t run, you can’t swing, you can’t even roll over while you’re sleeping because you use that muscle. You can’t much to it, just rest it.

``It’s a situation where right now we’re tied for first place and by no stretch of the imagination are we playing well. That’s a testament to our pitching staff. We haven’t swung the bats, but yet we’ve still been able to find ways to win. Hopefully, we can get going on all cylinders and get a little roll going here.″

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