Jeter could return to Yanks next week in Cleveland

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NEW YORK (AP) -- Derek Jeter could be ready to resume his chase for 3,000 hits by early next week.

The injured New York Yankees shortstop went through his latest round of rehab work Wednesday in Tampa, Fla., and general manager Brian Cashman says if all goes well over the next couple of days Jeter might begin a minor league rehab assignment Saturday with Double-A Trenton.

He is likely to play at least two rehab games, and Cashman acknowledged it's possible Jeter could rejoin the team for a three-game series in Cleveland starting Monday.

Sidelined by a strained right calf, Jeter is six hits shy of 3,000. A return next week could put him on track to reach the milestone at Yankee Stadium during a four-game series against Tampa Bay from July 7-10.