"It feels good, I've been gone for three weeks almost," said Jeter, who has been out since June 14 with a strained right calf. "I'm looking forward to being back and helping the team continue to play well."
The high-water mark for Jeter on Sunday came during the fifth inning, when he beat out a bunt single to the left of the pitcher's mound for his 550th career minor-league hit.
Though he made a throwing error in the top of the fifth, Jeter initiated two double plays and tallied four assists on the evening.
In the first, he went from first to third on a single by teammate Ray Kruml after a fielding error by Altoona's Starling Marte. The ball bounced off the glove of shortstop Brock Holt, causing Jeter to retreat to first before going back to second. He eventually went to third when Marte overran the ball.
"I really haven't felt a thing," Jeter said. "Yeah, it's good to move in different directions, stop, start. I guess it's a good way to test things because there's really no way to practice that. I'm happy that I was able to get through it and feel fine."
Jeter made another nice play on his feet with a runner on first and one out in the top of the second. He lunged to his left trying to snag a line drive from Greg Picart, and though he was unable to hold onto the ball, Jeter recovered in time to throw Quincy Latimore out at second base.
Cashman said after the game that the plan was for Jeter to play seven innings, but he decided to have Jeter taken out due to a steady rain that had started to fall during the bottom of the sixth.
Sunday night's game drew 9,212 fans to Waterfront Park, the largest crowd in Trenton Thunder history. That figure narrowly topped the draw for Saturday night, in which Jeter went 1-for-2 with a walk and helped bring in 9,002 fans, now the third-highest attendance figure in Thunder history.
Jeter is currently six hits shy of becoming the 28th player in MLB history to collect 3,000 career hits.
"In the last two days, he's had a chance to do a few different things," Cashman said. "Sliding into second base, beating out a bunt, some defensive plays that were challenging, stop-start -- all these different things that can test that calf. He passed with flying colors."