Amid Center Field Flap, Early BP For Yankees’ Jeter
NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — In the midst of a raging debate on whether he will eventually be asked to abandon his position at shortstop, Derek Jeter has added a new dimension to his pre-spring training workout.
Jeter, coming off a down season for the New York Yankees, worked in a batting cage Wednesday with hitting coach Kevin Long.
The 36-year old Jeter has a career batting average of .314, but hit just .270 last season. Long and Jeter are scheduled to have another session on Thursday at the Yankees’ minor league complex.
Jeter started on-field drills two weeks ago.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman rekindled the old Jeter debate during a question-and-answer session Tuesday morning, while appearing at WFAN’s “Breakfast with a Champion,” hosted by Mike Francesa.
Cashman said that he would “be surprised” if Derek finishes at shortstop, but added that “Jeter’s our shortstop, period.”
“I know he’s working hard to put himself in that position,” Cashman said.
New Yankees catcher Russell Martin also worked with Long and had a throwing session in the outfield.
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