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Derek Jeter swings bat for first time since landing on disabled list

Jun 25, 2011, 3:39 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter likely won’t be ready to return from the disabled list when he’s eligible Wednesday, but he took an encouraging step in his rehab from a calf injury earlier today.

According to the Associated Press, Jeter took 27 swings off the tee and 30 swings of soft toss today at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. It was his first time swinging a bat since being placed on the disabled list with a right calf strain on June 14. While Jeter also played catch for a fifth straight day, he has yet to test his calf by running.

“We just have to make sure his legs are under him and he can make those sharp cuts he needs to make and he can get out of the box fine,” Girardi said before Saturday’s game against the the Colorado Rockies. “We have to make sure he’s ready, that we don’t push this.”

Wednesday can safely be ruled out at this point, but we’ll have a more clear indication about a timetable once he begins running without discomfort. It’s expected that he will need to go out on a brief minor league rehab assignment before being activated.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jun 25, 2011 at 4:15 PM

    As I said in the Phil Hughes post, let everyone take their time and get healthy before coming back. We’ll muddle through.

  2. pisano - Jun 26, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    Thanks, but the Yankees are doing just fine. Sometimes when you inject some new/young blood into the lineup good things happen and it seems to be happening now.

  3. professor59 - Jun 26, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    “Jeter took 27 swings off the tee and 30 swings of soft toss ”

    ..resulting in 57 ground balls to second.

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