Derek Jeter does infield pop-up drills; Joe Girardi says 'he looks OK'

Yankees' Kevin Youkilis and Derek Jeter warm up

Yankees' Kevin Youkilis and Derek Jeter warm up their arms at practice during spring training at George Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/J. Conrad Williams, Jr.)

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter still isn't running or doing much lateral movement, but he did progress a bit Wednesday.

The shortstop, still rehabbing his surgically repaired left ankle, participated in infield pop-up drills in addition to live batting practice.

Bench coach Tony Peña, however, when sending the machine-shot balls high into the blue sky for Jeter, made sure Jeter didn't have to do a lot of movement.

"He looked OK," Joe Girardi said. "I didn't want him running all over the place. I said, 'Careful when he's out there.' "

Girardi said he did not have a timetable for when Jeter will run. On his way out of the clubhouse early Wednesday afternoon Jeter said he had not been given a date either.

During live BP, Jeter took all eight pitches he saw from Joba Chamberlain.

Nuñez hits dirt

Eduardo Nuñez could laugh about it.

Later.

The infielder, during a live batting practice session, nearly got beaned by Chamberlain's ninth pitch, the stray ball sailing behind Nuñez's head.

"It was close, I was so scared," said a smiling Nuñez, who had to hit the dirt to avoid the pitch. "I didn't want to hit anymore after that. I was like, 'Oh my God, first day.' It freaked me out . . . He said 'I'm sorry, my bad, Nuney.' "

Nice arms

The Yankees have 42 pitchers in camp (83 players overall) and Girardi said he's been impressed with the number of live arms, mentioning righthanders Bryan Mitchell, 21, Jose Ramirez, 23, and Corey Black, 21.

"There's some power arms that we're seeing," Girardi said. "We haven't had that and we have it right now. I know they're young, but it's kind of exciting. There's more than just one or two."

Pineda: No contest

Michael Pineda pleaded no contest to driving under the influence Wednesday in a Tampa courtroom. Pineda was arrested and charged with DUI in Tampa last Aug. 20.

A judge ordered that Pineda serve 50 hours community service, up to one year of probation, attend DUI school and pay a $500 fine.

Pineda, 24, missed all of 2012 with a shoulder injury, and he's expected to be out until at least June of this year as he recovers.

No worry about offense

Girardi said he won't be looking all that much at the offensive numbers this spring for the top two contenders for the catching job, Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli.

"How they're handling our staff," Girardi said. "For me the defense is the No. 1 thing."

Cashman defers to Hal

General manager Brian Cashman again declined to comment on Hal Steinbrenner's Tuesday comments concerning early-stage conversations with Robinson Cano's agent, Scott Boras, about what the managing general partner called a "significant long-term" contract for the second baseman.

With AP

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