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Jeter set to play short Wednesday vs. Phils

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter said Tuesday that he is ready to play shortstop in a game for the first time since his left ankle injury in the 2012 American League Championship Series.

Jeter served as the Yankees' designated hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Cardinals on Monday, going 0-for-2, and then said Tuesday he'd play shortstop on Wednesday against the Phillies.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Monday that he would entertain playing Jeter for four or five innings in the field on Wednesday.

"If he comes out OK, we're going to throw him in there," Girardi said Monday. "If he doesn't, I'll DH him another day. Whatever he tells me he wants to do Wednesday, that's what I'll do."

Jeter said that he has taken only normal ground balls at shortstop during practice, but he does not expect to have difficulty getting back to his position.

"I think it will be the exact same as it would be if I played in my first Spring Training game. That's what I think," Jeter said.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat.

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