The captain is back. Well, almost.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is once again hitting on the field after being deactivated by his club last month because of ankle soreness. The Associated Press has reported that Jeter took 32 swings during Yankees minor league batting practice in Tampa, Fla. on Wednesday.
At 38-years-old, minor injuries are now major injuries for Jeter, who’s last appearance in a live game was during a minor league spring training game on March 23, when he served as a designated hitter. Jeter had to leave the game because of soreness in the ankle he broke during Game 1 of the ALCS last season.
Jeter is also reportedly fielding ground balls at the minor league complex, and will remain on the DL until March 31 or whenever the Yankees feel he’s ready to rejoin the big club. With the amount of injuries New York is facing this season, no one will be rushing Jeter’s return, as the team will want their shortstop healthy for the rest of the season.
Jeter, Curtis Granderson, Michael Pineda, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez are all on the DL for the Yankees in the first two weeks of the young 2013 season.
It would be a mistake for New York to rush Jeter’s return, and his methodical rehabilitation should be welcomed by Yankees fans. Just know one thing: the captain is coming. Soon.
John Engel is a Pac-12 basketball writer for Rant Sports and also works for ESPNLA 710 radio in Los Angeles. Follow John on Twitter: @engelsportsguy.