Jeter, who was mired in an 0-for-14 slump, had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored in his team’s 9-1 victory over the Chicago White Sox on Monday afternoon at Yankee Stadium.
“I felt comfortable yesterday, I just didn’t have much to show for it,” said Jeter, who has seemed fine during his third comeback attempt in what has been an injury-riddled season for the 39-year-old Captain.
“I think the more you play obviously the more comfortable you get. Today the results were there.”
In the first inning, Jeter singled through the hole between third and short to drive in Brett Gardner for his team’s first run, and advanced to second on an error. He looked just fine on the bases -- rehabbed ankle, calf, quad and all.
“I don’t really have a choice,” Jeter said when asked if he keeps the possibility of re-injuring himself out of his mind. “We only have 20-something games left, so our job is to win as many games as possible, and it’s kind of hard to play games when you’re thinking about not getting hurt.”
Jeter tied Eddie Collins for ninth place on the all-time hits list (3,313) with a fourth-inning single. He was replaced at shortstop by Eduardo Nunez in the eighth with the game out of reach for Chicago.
“It’s been kind of a unique season, but I’m not really thinking about the first time I came back now,” Jeter said. “Now, it’s just trying to have some good at-bats, swing at strikes and hopefully get some hits, but sometimes you can do your job without getting hits. Sometimes my job is to move guys over and I’ve done that he last couple days. Of course I’d like to get hits every single time, but that doesn’t ever happen, but there’s still other ways to help teams win.”
“The more guys you get swinging bat well, the more runs you can score on a daily basis,” manager Joe Girardi said.