NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — It’s good to be Derek Jeter. He hasn’t lost his leadoff job, Jose Reyes won’t be around to steal his position, and he’s on the mend from an injury that derailed his march to 3,000 hits.

Jeter threw for the third straight day Thursday as he rehabs a strained right calf muscle that landed him on the disabled list.

Jeter has been on the DL since June 14. He was six shy of reaching the milestone when he was hurt during a game June 13 against Cleveland.

The Yankees’ captain has been working out at the team’s spring training complex. He could increase his on-the-field workout in the next couple days.

Also, right-hander Bartolo Colon and infielder Eric Chavez increased their onfield drills as they rehab injuries.

Colon, sidelined by a strained right hamstring, ran sprints in the outfield for the first time in addition to his third consecutive day of long toss. Chavez, out with a broken left foot, said he was fine after running from home to first around a half-dozen times.

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