Joe Girardi: Yankees ‘Don’t Have An Exact Timetable’ For Derek Jeter’s Return

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — Derek Jeter ran the bases for the first time on Tuesday since suffering a strained right calf on June 13, yet the Yankees remain tight-lipped on when their captain will return.

Jeter ran from home to first four times, first to second three times and first to third once at the team’s minor league complex.

“Running is probably most important,” Jeter said. “Feels good. I’m sure we’ll pick it up in the next couple days.”

Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter ran at about 50-60 percent, and it will be important to see how he feels Wednesday before deciding when he’ll ramp up his sprints.

“The one thing you have to see is you have to see him run at 100 percent and you have to see him recover and maybe do it a couple of days in a row before you can possibly send him out on a rehab,” Girardi said before the Yankees’ rout of Milwaukee.

Jeter could play two minor league rehabilitation games before being activated from the DL, which means he would likely miss the interleague series against the Mets that starts Friday.

“We don’t have an exact timetable” for his return, Girardi said.

That’s right. There is no date yet for when Jeter, on the 15-day disabled list for the first time since 2003, will rejoin the lineup. He is six hits shy of 3,000, a chase that’s been on hold since mid-June.

“As soon as I can,” Jeter said.

Jeter also took 24 grounders on the grass, 10 more at his normal infield position and made throws to first base. He took 47 swings during his second day of on-field batting practice.

Also, right-hander Bartolo Colon, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, practiced bunting, a sign that he could pitch against the Mets.

Colon, coming off a 60-pitch, four-inning simulated game on Monday, also threw long toss, ran sprints and did agility drills.

He’s on his way back to New York and will be evaluated by the team Wednesday.

“If he’s healthy, if we feel that he’s ready to go, there’s a chance that he’s going to pitch,” Girardi said.

Converted reliever Mark Prior, on the DL at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of a strained groin, threw off a bullpen mound for the second time in four days. If there are no problems, he might throw batting practice later this week.

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  • Sawink

    I never comment on these things. You don’t think they paid an aging Jeter 17 million a year to hit 3000 on the road or at City Field? 90% of the reason they signed Jeter, was the revenue generated from Mr. 3000. He is fine now…I promise you…he will be held out until they are at home 100%. Cashman got involved in sending him to the DL???? Wonder why? Hmm… So Jeter….100% wil hit 3000 at home (predetermined) and on a second note…Im a Met fan …Yada Yada Yada….I know it stems from Mike’s argument and makeup with David Wright but…why are steroids never mentioned and tip toed past. Granted Arod is still or isn’t still on them (Not HGH…that doesn’t enhance power. Maybe an undetectable or the 314 porch, which is a joke in right field) They actually brought the wall dimensions in for THE NEW YANKEE STADIUM!!!! THE NEW!!!! It’s a joke. So…back to my point…WHY does no one look at a photo of David Wright from 2007 or whatever and him in 2011. There is a HUGE difference! Take a look and compare the photos. Embarrassing. Oh sorry, it’s City Field.

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