Yankees' Derek Jeter resumes hitting, fielding drills
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TAMPA, Fla. - The slow and steady progress of Derek Jeter's return to the Yankees took another careful step Friday, as he resumed baseball activities at the team's minor-league complex.
"Everything's a progression," Jeter said as he signed autographs for fans outside the complex. "As soon as I can come back, I'll come back. In terms of everyday schedule, I don't know what that is. It's more take it one day at a time . . . They gave me the green light [to resume activities], so that's good. I'm looking forward to it."
Jeter took swings off a tee Friday morning, then threw in the outfield with Eduardo Nuñez. The two took ground balls at shortstop, with Jeter taking about a dozen in close and throwing to first. He then took another set of ground balls deep at short, but didn't throw to first base, a sign of the measured progress he's making. Jeter moved at no more than a jog during the two-hour workout.
Across the street, pitcher Michael Pineda threw in a simulated game at Steinbrenner Field, looking solid in his second action as he returns from the shoulder injury that sidelined him all of last season. In his final four innings, Pineda allowed only two soft singles -- one up the middle, just beyond the shortstop's reach, and a bloop single into shallow rightfield. He followed the two hits with a pair of strikeouts, retiring seven batters in a row before a throwing error on the final batter he faced. A full pitch count was not given, but he threw 50 pitches in the final four innings, 35 for strikes.
Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez also worked out. Granderson, who has been sidelined by forearm and hand injuries, threw short toss but did not catch any throws, saying afterward he is in a holding pattern until he's evaluated by team doctors next week. Rodriguez, recovering from a hip injury, did a little of everything, taking about 90 swings in batting practice, throwing to first and second while taking ground balls and mixing in some short sprints.