From the NY Times’ Yankees Blog:

When Jeter rejoins the lineup, which could be as soon as next Wednesday at Yankee Stadium, Manager Joe Girardi said there would be no controversy atop the order.

“Derek’s been our leadoff guy,” Girardi said before Tuesday’s game against the Cincinnati Reds was rained out. “We’ll see how he feels, but yeah.”

Yet over his last 50 games, Gardner has hit for a higher average than Robinson Cano, slugged better than Alex Rodriguez and is tied with Curtis Granderson for the highest on-base plus slugging percentage (.943) on the team. He hits well (.286) and gets on base (.390) against left-handers, but he rarely starts, benched for Andruw Jones, whose power potential Girardi prefers.