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Derek Jeter looks as good as he did in spring training, says Joe Girardi

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees warms

Derek Jeter of the New York Yankees warms up before Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. (Oct. 13, 2012) Credit: Jim McIsaac

CLEVELAND -- It wasn't a return to game action, or anything close to it, but Derek Jeter still made significant progress in his rehab Tuesday at the minor-league complex in Tampa.

The shortstop ran sprints, though not at 100 percent speed, in addition to hitting indoors, playing catch and fielding grounders.

"He looked as good as he did at any point during spring training," said Joe Girardi, who in Cleveland saw a recording of Jeter running. "That's a big step."

Jeter had not run on his surgically repaired left ankle since March 23, when the ankle gave him trouble running the bases.

"He's doing more and more each day," Girardi said. "He moved more on his ground balls so he feels better. We'll keep amping it up a little bit each day."

Girardi said he doesn't have a timetable for Jeter, not with so many hurdles to be cleared. He first wants to see how Jeter, who is scheduled to take batting practice and run again Wednesday, comes out of Tuesday's running.

"I don't really have a date in my head for when he's going to be back," Girardi said. "You have to see how his body responds."


Boesch works at first

For the last week Brennan Boesch has arrived early at the ballpark to take grounders at first, then doing so again during pregame drills.

"It's getting better every day but you guys are used to [Mark] Teixeira out there," Boesch said. "It's fun. It's a new challenge. It's coming along. It's getting better."


Extra bases

Girardi said Curtis Granderson (broken right forearm) swung a bat underwater and the hope is the outfielder can do some tee-and-toss sometime this weekend.

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