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Jeter won't return when first eligible Tuesday

Jeter won't return when first eligible Tuesday

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BOSTON -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter took ground balls and participated in batting practice on Sunday at the club's complex in Tampa, Fla., but he will not be activated when eligible on Tuesday.

Manager Joe Girardi said that Jeter is recovering from his strained right calf, which sent him to a third stint on the disabled list this season, but Jeter has not yet run the bases and would then need to participate in game action.

"My guess is he'll do a simulated game and maybe a couple of games in the Minors, possibly," Girardi said. "Maybe he'll just do simulated, but it's going to be more than one [day]."

Jeter will participate in a simulated game on Monday at the Yankees' complex, and Girardi said he could not bank on having Jeter for the team's series against the Rays next week at Tropicana Field.

"Well, he wouldn't have to go far," Girardi said. "I guess that anything is possible, but until he's able to run freely, I don't think you can really put a date on it. And he hasn't done that yet."

Jeter strained the same calf in 2011, stalling his pursuit of 3,000 hits. That injury cost Jeter three weeks on the disabled list; Jeter said earlier this month that he expects to return in a shorter time frame.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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