First, let’s acknowledge the video above is pretty bad. I actually forgot I had it — it’s from Monday when I was sitting in the press box — but it does give some idea of how Derek Jeter has been moving while taking ground balls. Yesterday, he added full batting practice and six light sprints in the outfield to his pregame workout.
What’s the most significant test remaining?
“Probably my 15 days being up,” Jeter said. “That’s the one thing I need to happen. I’ll run the bases. I don’t know what day it will be, but I’m sure I’ll do more tomorrow. I don’t know what I’m going to do tomorrow, but I’m sure we’re going to step it up and increase it, run the bases, ground balls. Everything is good so far.”
Jeter said he’s felt no problem with his quadriceps — “That’s the key, you don’t want to feel it,” he said. “I don’t feel it.” — and yesterday’s increased activities went as planned. Jeter wasn’t sure of the plan for today, but whatever it is, he clearly expects to do it with an eye on Saturday.
“I’ll be ready as soon as possible,” he said. “If I could play today, I would be lobbying to play today. I’m sure I’ll lobby to play on Saturday. … It’s just a day-to-day thing. They haven’t told me I have to pass any kind of tests. Hopefully it goes good the next couple days and then we’ll get going.”
Said Joe Girardi: “We’re not pushing him a whole lot yet, but so far, so good. Every step has been better, and that’s a good sign.”