As expected, Derek Jeter played in a sort of modified simulated game today. It was modified in that he didn’t run the bases after putting the ball in play. Joe Girardi has said Jeter will need to play a few games like this — and might need a rehab assignment — before joining the Yankees. He will not be activated tomorrow. Here’s the AP from Tampa.
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has hit in his first simulated game since going on the disabled list earlier this month with a strained right calf.
Jeter batted against a minor league right-hander Monday at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla.
The Yankees captain also showed improved mobility during infield drills, making leaping throws to first after fielding two grounders back-handed between shortstop and third and spin moves on a pair of balls up the middle.
The 39-year-old ran six sprints in the outfield, but did not run the bases, which is a key step before playing in games.
Jeter broke his left ankle in the AL championship series in October and missed the first 91 games this year. Since then the 13-time All-Star, who is hitting .211 (4 for 19) with one home run and two RBIs, has spent time on the DL with a strained right quadriceps and the calf injury.