SS missed last three games

NEW YORK -- Shortstop Derek Jeter returned to the New York
Yankees' lineup Wednesday night after a three-game absence and was
back in the leadoff spot against Colorado.

Jeter had been sidelined because of tightness in his left groin.
Manager Joe Torre said the team captain could have played Tuesday
night, a 2-1 win over the Rockies, but was held out as a

"I saw what I wanted to yesterday," Torre said. "It made me
feel better not to play him."

Torre told Jeter to stay inside the clubhouse Tuesday until he
was finished with his treatment. Late in the game, Jeter joined his
teammates in the dugout.

"He walks out with his big old smile about the seventh
inning," Torre said. "He walks back and forth, he agitates."

Jeter left Friday night's game against Texas in the fourth
inning. He is hitting .233 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs after
going through a career-worst 0-for-32 slump earlier this season.

Jeter batted leadoff for the 35th time this season. He's hit
second, his usual spot in recent years, 18 times.

"He gives us a lot of energy up top," Torre said.