Eight months after ankle surgery, and three months after a setback, New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is returning to the major leagues. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports staked out the transaction wire and reports that the Yankees will activate Jeter and play him at shortstop or designated hitter Thursday afternoon at Yankee Stadium against the Kansas City Royals. Bet you a million spacebucks he plays short.

UPDATE: I owe you all a million spacebucks. Jack Curry of the YES Network says Jeter is DHing and batting second. Don't spend them all in one place.

Jeter turned 39 years old in June and joined Class AAA-Scranton/Wilkes-Barre for a four-game rehab assignment recently, going 1 for 9 with four walks. Sweeny Murti of WFAN watched Jetercomplete his assignment Wednesday and the results were shaky:

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