Derek Jeter cleared to begin minor league rehab assignment

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After numerous setbacks in his recovery from a broken ankle Derek Jeter has been cleared to begin a minor-league rehab assignment.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Jeter will play tomorrow at Triple-A and is scheduled to log at least five innings defensively at shortstop in his first game action since last October.

In his absence Yankees shortstops have hit just .205 with two homers in 85 games for the third-worst OPS from the position in all of baseball, with Eduardo Nunez, Jayson Nix, and now Luis Cruz serving as the primary starter.

Barring more setbacks a return shortly after the All-Star break seems likely.

Mets sign reliever Anthony Swarzak

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Marc Carig of Newsday reports that the Mets have signed reliever Anthony Swarzak. It’s a two-year, $14 million deal, pending a physical.

Swarzak is an eight-year big league veteran who pitched for the White Sox and Brewers in 2017, posting a 2.33 ERA in 70 games. The righty struck out 10.6 batters per nine innings while walking 2.6. It was a really nice year and he’s a really nice pickup for the Mets, even if he is a fallback choice after they failed to sign Bryan Shaw.