The 38-year-old Jeter showed up to the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa, Fla., a day before the catchers and pitchers were scheduled to report to spring training. Jeter has taken the first steps to return to the Yankees’ opening day lineup.
“I’ve gotten the OK to do everything,” Jeter told The Associated Press after his workout. “It’s a progression. I haven’t used my legs, so I’ve got to get back to using them.”
Jeter admitted that he felt great after working out and showed public that he was back to his normal routine. He fielded about 80 grounders on the infield dirt at shortstop and threw to the outfield. He also got took some time in the batting cage.
“I was able to do everything else,” Jeter said. “I just had to be careful with my ankle, but now I’ve gotten the green light with that. I’ve gotten all the green lights that I need.”
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Jeter is working his way toward New York’s opening day game against the Boston Red Sox on April 1. The 13-time All-Star broke his ankle in the AL Championship Series opener against the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 13, when he lunged for a grounder. He had to be helped off the field and decided to have surgery a week later.
Yankees’ outfielder Curtis Granderson spoke highly of his captain’s work ethic.
“I got a chance to see him for the first time today,” Granderson said. “He’s going to do whatever he can to get himself back there.”
Jeter had one of his best seasons last year as a Yankee. He had 15 home runs, 58 RBI’s and a batting average of .316. The Yankees are hopeful that he can contribute, if not exceed, those same numbers this season.