Derek Jeter needs doctor's approval to resume baseball activities

Derek Jeter prepares in the dugout before taking

Derek Jeter prepares in the dugout before taking batting practice before a spring training game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla. (March 19, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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OAKLAND, Calif. -- Derek Jeter has a doctor's appointment Thursday, at which point the hope, Joe Girardi said, is the shortstop gets "full clearances" to resume baseball activities.

Jeter was back on the field at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa Tuesday, doing tee-and-toss and taking grounders hit directly at him on the infield grass.

Getting the go-ahead from his surgeon would put Jeter, recovering from a broken left ankle, on a path to the second half return the Yankees have predicted. "I think it will be [the case]," Girardi said of Jeter receiving clearance.

Girardi said he's still not at the point of doing a countdown in his head of when Jeter might be ready to rejoin the Yankees. "It's hard to say because you don't know exactly where he is when he is cleared compared to coming in for a normal [six-week] spring training," Girardi said.


Big man takes BP

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On the field during early BP, as well full team BP later in the afternoon, was Aaron Judge, the 6-7, 255-pound centerfielder the Yankees picked 32nd overall as one of their three first-round picks in the MLB draft. "That type of body, that type of size, you don't see that very often," hitting coach Kevin Long.

Judge, a righthanded hitter from Fresno State, said he was a little intimidated hitting in front of Yankees players and coaches at first.

"Definitely first few rounds it was kind of tough, everyone's watching you," Judge said. "But it was pretty fun."


Pineda set for Friday

RHP Michael Pineda, who made his first rehab start Sunday afternoon, is scheduled to make a second start Friday, the continuation of a process the Yankees hope has the pitcher ready for either Triple-A Scranton, or the Bronx if necessary, within a month.

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