Derek Jeter takes batting practice in Tampa
Derek Jeter took on field batting practice in Tampa for the first time since he was diagnosed with a second fracture of his right ankle.
According to the Associated Press, Jeter took 21 swings and looked comfortable and hitting the ball to all fields at the Yankees’ minor league complex in Tampa on Wednesday.
Jeter took ground balls for the past week since being cleared to resume baseball activities by doctors. He had no issues after the workout on Wednesday. Jeter has not played in the 2013 season after he fractured his right ankle in game one of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers and in Mid-April sustained another fracture in his surgically-repaired ankle.
The Yankees captain turns 39 in a few weeks and is eyeing a Mid-July return after the All-Star break. The Yankees need Jeter to return after most of there starters are on the disabled list this season,such as Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson have missed significant time.
According to NBC Sports, Yankees’ shortstops this season have hit .205 with one home run this season.