New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter participated in various baseball activities, including batting practice, Wednesday morning. The fact that he was able to move around without any pain is a great sign that he is on the right track.
The shortstop has not been able to swing a bat since he was the designated hitter in a Minor League game on March 23. Jeter took part in four at-bats that day, but was removed from the game after he felt soreness in his surgically repaired ankle. The Yankees decided it was best to allow Jeter to rest for two and a half weeks before putting significant pressure on the ankle.
After lightly running on the field Tuesday, Jeter wanted to take it a step further Wednesday morning. He participated in four sets of batting practice at New York’s Minor League complex before moving to the infield to test out his glove work. He fielded 11 ground balls on the grass and an additional 40 ground balls on the dirt. Jeter could also be seen successfully throwing to first base.
It is certainly good to see Jeter moving around cleanly, but the fact that he is still unable to go full speed means he is not ready to return quite yet.
A little over two weeks ago, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was optimistic that Jeter would be able to suit up on April 6. Obviously, that date has come and gone, but the way Jeter is progressing means he will be in New York’s lineup sooner rather than later.