Big step in Jeter's rehab

Big step in Jeter's rehab
January 29, 2013, 12:30 am

Our “Around the AL East” report Sunday didn’t include anything about the team Orioles fans love to hate most, so let’s now move to Monday’s news about the Yankees:

Captain Derek Jeter hit a milestone in his rehab from a broken ankle in October’s American League Championship Series with his first workout on a baseball field, the Associated Press reported.

Jeter took 55 grounders — on the grass, not the infield dirt — at the Yankees’ minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., and hit in the batting cage.

On his way out of the complex, Jeter said: "Everything went well."

The AP reported that Jeter, 38, showed no signs of a limp, though he did no running during the 90 minutes he was on site.

Jeter has said he plans to be in the starting lineup when the Yankees open the regular season on April 1.

However, Jeter’s range at shortstop already was diminishing because of age, so we’re left to wonder whether he will be additionally slowed by the ankle.