Feb
03

Jeter takes live batting practice, fields grounders at short for first time

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Via the AP: Derek Jeter took live batting practice on the field and fielded ground balls at shortstop at the team’s minor league complex in Tampa today, both firsts as he works his way back from an injury-marred 2013 season. “Everything is good so far, knock on word,” he said. “This offseason is like a normal offseason. I’m four months ahead of where I was last year. Last year, quite honestly, I want to forget about it.”

Jeter, 39, started hitting off a tee and taking ground balls on the infield grass late last month. He didn’t start doing the stuff he did today until early-March last year, when he was recovering from his broken left ankle and subsequent surgery. I assume he will continue to ramp up his workouts in the coming weeks but the Yankees have every reason to be cautious and take it slow with their captain given his age and the nature of his injuries. There’s nothing exciting about a “normal offseason” but it’s very good news for Jeter.

Categories : Asides, Spring Training
  • dkidd

    i’ll take it

  • RetroRob

    In the case of Jeter, a “normal offseason” is exciting.

  • ROBTEN

    There’s nothing exciting about a “normal offseason” but it’s very good news for Jeter.

    We’re extremely excited for a return to Jeter’s “normal offseason.”

    Sincerely,
    EBay and The Gift Basket Association of America

    • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

      I would absolutely have a one night stand with Jeter for a chance to check out his place and get a gift basket.

  • stuckey

    I believe we can all look forward to 210 straight days of ‘Derek Jeter is a glass figurine’ media coverage.

    “The Yankee captain didn’t chip or splinter today, film at 11.”

  • TWTR

    My expectations of Jeter’s performance level (or that of any soon to be 40 year old baseball player not named Barry Bonds) are fairly low, so I hope I am setting myself up for some upside enjoyment.

  • LarryM Fl

    How can you have any expectations for Derek. The injury, age are all factors that lead us toward a negative thought process. For those who are expecting the unexpected from Derek. Remember, Father Time is always the winner not even a first ballot HofF can turn back the hands of time. He may surprise with league average hitting for a shortstop but his range will be about the circumference of a man hole cover. This is the reason for him to consider third base.

    • TLVP

      All the people who talk about 3B for Jeter keep missing the fact that his arm is weak – probably too weak for 3B.

      His range is poor, but he makes up for that by releasing the ball quickly. That would never work on 3B. He is a lot likelier to work out as a platoon player at SS with pinch hitting duties against LHP than as an everyday 3B player.

      Neither is a realistic outcome

  • dkidd

    750 ops with 170 hits

    he’s had a year to rest
    his pride is on the line
    he’s derek friggin jeter

    • dkidd

      and he’ll hit a home run on his 40th birthday

      • RetroRob

        Silly. He’ll hit four HRs!

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      I’d sign up for a .750 ops and 170 hits from Jeter all day long.

  • Jorge Steinbrenner

    And he lived, I take it.

    2014 Champions.

  • Dale Mohorcic

    What do you call a ball hit to Derek Jeter’s left?

    A single.

    • I’m a looser and a trader baby so why don’t you kill me?

      *rimshot*

  • TLVP

    Lets hope a normal offseason means a normal season

  • King of Fruitless Hypotheticals

    HR first AB for Jeter or GWRBI opening day (home or away)?