Tampa, FL – Derek Jeter is running again, less than four months after having surgery on a broken ankle.
According to The Associated Press, the shortstop jogged on a treadmill at the Yankees’ minor league complex on Monday as he aims for an opening day return. Pitchers and catchers are due to report to spring training on Tuesday.
The 38-year-old Yankee has been out of action since breaking his left ankle on October 13 while diving to collect a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. But, with Derek Jeter running again, the signs for a timely comeback are promising. The star told The Associated Press:
“I’ve gotten the OK to do everything. It’s a progression. I haven’t used my legs, so I’ve got to get back to using them.
“I feel fine. I was able to do everything else. I just had to be careful with my ankle, but now I’ve gotten the green light with that. I’ve gotten all the green lights I need.”
When asked how his latest workout felt, the 13-time All-Star simply replied, “Great.”
As well as jogging, Jeter has been hitting in a cage, fielding grounders on the grass and throwing in the outfield. According to Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, the veteran remains determined to get back in time for New York’s opener against Boston on April 1:
“In terms of his work ethic, it’s amazing. I got a chance see to him for the first time today. He’s going to do whatever he can to get himself back there.”
Footage of Jeter suffering his ankle injury is embedded below: