By Eric Schmidt

Despite losing OF Curtis Granderson to a broken arm yesterday, the New York Yankees are about to get an emotional boost to their thin lineup. Team captain Derek Jeter is reportedly just two weeks away from returning to the diamond. General manager Brian Cashman told reporters that the veteran is physically able to do everything he needs to do right now, but the Yankees are being very cautious with his return to the field.

Jeter, 38, broke his left ankle last fall in the AL championship series against the Detroit Tigers series opener. Jeter was seen practicing on the field on Sunday for the second straight day. Cashman said on Sunday that he expects Jeter to see some action around March 10.

In other injury news for the Yankees. SP C.C. Sabathia is scheduled to throw batting practice this morning. Reliever Mariano Rivera is scheduled to throw his second batting practice session as well today. RHP Phil Hughes, dealing with a bulging disk, is starting treatment this week by working out in a pool three to five times a week.

Cashman also told reporters that the Yankees are expected Alex Rodriguez to return at the All-Star break. He said that his rehab after hip surgery is progressing well and he is currently on pace to return on time.

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