The Yankees ship will once again be steered by The Captain.

On Thursday Derek Jeter will wear pinstripes for the first time since suffering a broken ankle against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS, according to a FoxSports.com report. He is expected to be penciled in as the shortstop or designated hitter when Andy Pettitte takes the ball for the Bombers against Kansas City's Ervin Santana at 1 p.m. in the Bronx, says the report, which cites Major League sources.

While a report originally projected Jeter would return Friday, the Yankees must have seen something in his final rehab game with Triple-A Scranton-Wilkes/Barre on Wednesday night.

The Yankee captain appeared to move well on his twice-broken left ankle, but he endured some rusty moments among seven defensive chances in seven innings — including one throwing error — in Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s 5-1 loss to Rochester.

“I felt good. A lot of different situations happened, but everything was great,” said Jeter, who left the game following a 21-minute delay in the bottom of the seventh inning caused by a power outage at PNC Field. “There were a couple of different types of plays... Just a little timing was off. But it was good to do an array of things in the field.”

After the game, Jeter wouldn’t disclose his immediate plans for the next two days, saying, “I ain’t getting in trouble, man.”

Joe Girardi also was coy following the Yankees’ 8-1 win over Kansas City at the Stadium, adding, “I know there’s reports out there. We evaluate it every day and let’s just see where he’s at.”

Earlier, the manager had stressed that the Yankees needed to see Jeter play extended innings in the field in back-to-back games before deciding when their captain will make his season debut. If he indeed plays Thursday, that will not be the case.

The 13-time All-Star made a couple of nice plays on balls he had to charge, but he committed a throwing error in the fifth inning and was spared another when first baseman Dan Johnson scooped his bounced throw in the first. He also double-clutched a flip to second base on a play that was scored a hit, and he threw late to third on a grounder in the hole.