Jeter could play Saturday

NEW YORK -- If everything goes smoothly for Derek Jeter on Friday, he could come off the disabled list and return to the Yankees' lineup on Saturday.

Jeter went through a workout before Friday's game and then was scheduled to meet with the Yankees' team doctor, Chris Ahmad, around 6 p.m. ET. If Dr. Ahmad clears Jeter, he could be off the DL and in the lineup Saturday.

"I sure hope so," manager Joe Girardi said.

This would be Jeter's second return from the disabled list this year. After missing the first 91 games of the season because of a twice fractured ankle, Jeter came back for one game as a DH right before the All-Star break. He went 1-for-4 but suffered a Grade 1 strained quad. Jeter lobbied to remain off the disabled list, but an MRI showed inflammation in the quad and he was ordered to rest another week.

"I feel fine," Jeter said.

Ultimately, the Yankees and their doctors will decide if he can play.

REHAB: David Phelps threw a bullpen session. Curtis Granderson and Jayson Nix were playing in rehab games in Tampa on Friday.

CASHMAN DEFENDS HAFNER: Since May 1, DH Travis Hafner has hit .170 with six homers, 20 RBIs and a .546 OPS.

"He is a hitter," Brian Cashman said. "I know he has struggled, obviously, since April. His history has been health. He's healthy. That is the most important thing. He has had a number of days [of] rest in this most recent series in Texas; he is in there tonight. When he is healthy, he can hit. It is what he does best. He is another guy, high character, awesome person, well-liked in that clubhouse, and he cares about that win column and contributing."