Derek Jeter cleared to resume baseball activities

Derek Jeter of the Yankees looks on prior Derek Jeter of the Yankees looks on prior to a game against the Mets at Yankee Stadium. (May 30, 2013) Photo Credit: Getty

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Jeter flew to Charlotte Thursday and got the news he wanted to hear. After a visit with his surgeon, Robert Anderson, Jeter was given clearance to "progress into baseball activities and running," the Yankees said.

The soon-to-be 39-year-old Jeter, recovering from a broken left ankle, had resumed limited on-field work Monday at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa, doing tee-and-toss and taking grounders hit directly at him on the infield grass.

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Now Jeter can move a bit more laterally on grounders, and also move back to the dirt from the grass. He could return sometime after the All-Star break. "As long as it continues to be all positive," Joe Girardi said after Thursday's 18-inning loss, "he'll continue to move forward."

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