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Derek Jeter takes BP and fields grounders at shortstop for first time this year

Feb 3, 2014, 7:09 PM EDT

Derek Jeter AP AP

Coming off an injury-plagued 2013 season, Derek Jeter is going to command attention with pretty much every move that he makes this spring. Today was no different, as the Associated Press reports that he took live batting practice on the field and fielded grounders from shortstop for the first time this year.

Jeter took 39 swings over five rounds of batting practice and fielded 34 grounders at shortstop at the Yankees’ spring training complex in Tampa, Florida. He had previously been hitting in an indoor batting cage and fielding grounders off the infield grass, so today was an important (though ultimately unexciting) step in his progression.

Jeter remains a big question mark as he enters his age-40 season, but it’s so far, so good at the moment:

“This offseason is like a normal offseason,” said Jeter, who was in a walking boot until early January last year. “I’m four months ahead of where I was last year. Last year, quite honestly, I want to forget about it.”

Jeter, who was limited to just 17 games in 2013 due to ankle, calf, and quad injuries, is sitting on 3,316 hits as he enters his 20th and potential final season in the majors. He needs just four hits to pass Paul Molitor for ninth on the all-time list while Carl Yastrzemski, Honus Wagner, Cap Anson and Tris Speaker could all be within striking distance this year if he can remain healthy and return to his 2012 form at the plate.

  1. gibbskins9 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    Why is he a question mark, age? At what point of his career did he not live up to expectations? He has never disappointed Yankee fans and he never will

    • stoutfiles - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:23 PM

      If last year met your expectations, then you set the bar really low.

    • spudchukar - Feb 4, 2014 at 4:21 AM

      Let me guess, you also believe Jesus walked on water?

  2. elvin2014 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:21 PM

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  3. proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:26 PM

    Wonderful news. The Captain can still swing a bat and field grounders hit to him. I wait to see him perform in the Jay’s home opener with great anticipation.

  4. pike573 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:27 PM

    Yeah Jeets

  5. dylanthom2013 - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    “He needs just four hits to pass Paul Molitor for ninth on the all-time list…”

    Whoa, never knew he was that high. To be that good for that long is awesomeness.

  6. happytwinsfan - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:41 PM

    watching him finish up his career with workman like dignity, should give us something yankee to talk about other than the self inflicted travails of arod.

    • asimonetti88 - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:49 PM

      Once the season starts, I would imagine the talk about A-Rod will be lesser, seeing as he won’t, you know, being playing or on the field.

  7. tfbuckfutter - Feb 3, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Of those 34 grounders he got 6 of them.

    No one is sure how exactly the broken ankle IMPROVED his range but it appears that is the case.

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  9. cackalackyank - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:17 PM

    I’m sure I am in the distinct minority here, but I would prefer it if those grounders were taken at 3rd.

    • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:38 PM

      Maybe with Drew manning SS?

      • cackalackyank - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:29 PM

        Sure, sounds good to me.

    • oldschoolnflman - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:45 PM

      What about second?

      • zzalapski - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:56 PM

        He’d face a higher risk of injury at 2B than 3B, due to the runners barreling down at the front end of double plays.

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:01 PM

        Whose on first?

      • cackalackyank - Feb 4, 2014 at 12:44 AM

        PC I believe the correct formation of your question is “Who’s on first for the 50+ games Teixeira isn’t” ?

  10. zzalapski - Feb 3, 2014 at 8:57 PM

    Yeah, but is he in the BSOHL?

    • sportsfan18 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:34 PM

      he’s an exception to that to the normal BSOHL stuff

      we need to hear that from 3 or 4 lovely ladies and then will know if he’s in the BSOHL…

      It should have been easy on his ankle to work on his horizontal Mamba while recuperating…

  11. scatterbrian - Feb 3, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Wow, first time this year?! The year is only 35 days old. First time since [date of injury] would be a little more illustrative.

  12. hehateme1 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:03 PM

    Time to give it up bro.

  13. ditto65 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:10 PM

    Five more grounders would have made some nice symmetry.

    • ditto65 - Feb 3, 2014 at 10:11 PM

      Fielded, I mean.

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