Monday, January 27, 2014

Derek Jeter Returns To the Field

Derek Jeter is back on the field and New York Yankees fans everywhere are already predicting what kind of year the veteran shortstop will have. 
Last Monday the Yankees captain hit off a tee in a batting cage and fielded 108 grounders on the grass at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa. This was the first time he had been on the field since his 2013 season was cut short by a broken ankle and a multitude of other injuries. 
Jeter, who turns 40 in June, was limited to 17 games last season after the ankle was initially broken in the 2012 playoffs. 
"I don't think about it, and that's a good thing," Jeter said. 
Jeter originally broke his ankle on October 13, 2012 during the American League championship series opener against the Detroit Tigers. During spring training last year he was limited to five games and 11 at-bats and stayed behind when the team broke camp for rehabilitation. It was during rehabilitation that he rebroke his ankle.
"It's good to have a normal offseason and get some work in," he said. "Everything is normal now."
Jeter missed the first 91 games of the 2013 season recuperating and had pain in his right quadriceps when he returned on July 11. He went back on the DL, returned July 28th for three games, then strained his right calf.
When Jeter returned to the lineup on August 26th, he played through September 7th, when he left for a pinch runner after singling against Boston. Scans of his left ankle were negative, but the Yankees four days later pulled the plug on his season, probably something they should have done earlier. He finished 2013 hitting .190 (12 for 63), with one home run, and seven RBIs, playing 13 games at shortstop and four at designated hitter. 
This is the time of year Jeter usually begins his preparations for the coming season. Yankees pitchers, catchers, and injured players start workouts on February 15th, with the rest of the team joining them five days later. 
Reference: Fox Sports
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