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Derek Jeter has first on-field workout since his injury-plagued 2013

Jan 20, 2014, 6:29 PM EDT

Derek Jeter AP AP

According to the Associated Press, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had his first on-field workout today since his injury-plagued 2013 season. After hitting off a tee in a batting cage and fielding 108 grounders at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa, Florida, he told reporters that his left ankle is no longer an issue.

Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last year after breaking an ankle during the 2012 playoffs.

“I don’t think about it, and that’s a good thing,” Jeter said.

Jeter broke his left ankle Oct. 13, 2012 during the AL championship series opener against Detroit. He was limited to five games and 11 at-bats during spring training last year, stayed behind in Florida when the team broke camp for rehabilitation and broke the ankle again in April during rehabilitation.

“It’s good to have a normal offseason and get some work in,” Jeter said. “Everything is normal now.”

It’s a promising early report, but Jeter remains a major question mark going into his age-40 season. Re-signed to a one-year, $12 million deal over the winter, it’s very possible that 2014 could be the final season of his career. Even if Jeter is able to stay healthy, the Yankees figure to give him plenty of time out of the DH spot to stay fresh. The glove-first Brendan Ryan was brought back this winter as insurance policy at shortstop.

  1. bigharold - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    What no BSOHL?

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Brendan Ryan might be BSOHL. Still waiting for confirmation about Ryan.

    • mick2014 - Jan 21, 2014 at 11:30 PM

      Jeter’s ego is to massive to retire via email. He wants a farewell tour from every team he plays.

  2. moogro - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:09 PM

    His grounder count was well over a hundred. Working out with Dusty Baker?

    • Old Gator - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:23 PM


  3. cackalackyank - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:21 PM

    I will be more interested to know how he does getting out of the box and runs the bases, and THEN goes after some grounders hit to his left.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      I am sure that he will go after some grounders hit to his left. While I have reservations regarding his success rate on grounders hit to his left, he should be given some slack, considering his age and history.

      • spudchukar - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:05 PM

        This is Baseball. Slack is for losers.

  4. happytwinsfan - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:02 PM

    he may not be what he used to be, but whatever he’s got left the yankees will get it all. just like pettite. however infuriating the yankees and their fans are at times, you have to admit that, but then don’t ‘stare at the pinstripes’.

  5. therooneyskilledwebster - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    Exclusive video from his first workout:

    • aceshigh11 - Jan 21, 2014 at 1:47 PM

      Now that’s funny.

      Jeter’s gonna make the Tin Man look like a spastic Joe Cocker when he fields short this spring.

  6. uyf1950 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:24 AM

    The Yankees and we fans should have a pretty good indication of Jeter’s health and if there are any lingering issues with his ankle very early in spring training at this rate. If he’s healthy and can give the Yankees about 120 to 130 games in the field and about 500 to 550 AB’s that should be good enough. It certainly will be better then the “group” the Yankees marched out in 2013 to play SS.

    I just hope Jeter recognizes that the end is near and calls it quits after this season. The last thing the Yankees and we need is a 41 year old Jeter accounting for about $12MM plus in salary for the 2015 season.

  7. stevequinn - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:14 AM

    I admire Jeter for the way he conducts himself both on and off the field. I’m one Sox fan that is pulling for Derrick to have a great 2014. I have always had good feelings for the Yankees’ “core” players..Jeter, Posada, Pettite, Williams, and Rivera. I threw Bernie Williams in there with the “Core Four” because he played with them for a lengthy period.

    Because I admire the “Core Four” it doesn’t make me a Yankee fan :-) Now Jeter is the only one left and I hope he has a monster season to solidify his HOF credentials. I have a hard time understanding why so many people “hate” on a guy like Jeter. Regardless of his injury-filled 2013, Jeter is still one of the best SSs in the game.

    • stevequinn - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:15 AM

      Sorry, that should be Derek. Too earky i the morning for rational thought.

  8. mottershead1972 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    I wish my job was to count Jeters grounders…108, to be exact!

  9. dinofrank60 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Somebody counted the number of grounders hit to Jeter? Huh?

    If Jeter was giving an interview and his pants were on fire, he would say, “It’s a little warm, but the heat will help me get back into shape quickly.” Just to tease him and not belittle him, but does he ever tell Yankee fans anything?

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