From The Associated Press down in Florida….
Jeter and injured teammate Eduardo Nunez took grounders on the outfield grass Monday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. Jeter also continued playing catch.
The 13-time All-Star hasn’t played this season after breaking his left ankle in the playoffs last year and having surgery. Jeter sustained another fracture during his rehabilitation, and isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break in mid-July.
Nunez, who had been filling in at shortstop for the injured Jeter, is out with a strained muscle on his left side.
Outfielder Curtis Granderson, sidelined by a broken left hand, threw, but did not catch. He also ran in the outfield.
• Brett Gardner has been named the American League Player of the Week. All it took was hitting .520 with five doubles and a homer.
• ESPN New York reports that Michael Pineda is having his pitch count bumped up by eight each time out, not 15 as with most pitchers building arm strength. Pineda’s next start will likely come on Friday, but the Yankees aren’t sure where he’ll pitch.
• Cool story from the New York Times, which reports that Japanese team actually contacted the Yankees about trying to acquire Alex Rodriguez at the end of last season. For many obvious reasons, those conversations never went anywhere.
Associated Press photo