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Derek Jeter Takes Swings, Grounders Before Yankees-Rangers

Captain Eligible To Come Off DL Saturday
Derek Jeter (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

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ARLINGTON, Texas (CBSNewYork/AP) — Derek Jeter has taken some swings and grounders on the field.

The New York Yankees captain participated in batting practice, then took grounders at shortstop before Tuesday night’s game at Texas. He’s eligible to come off the disabled list Saturday.

Jeter has played only one game this season. He returned from offseason surgery on his left ankle July 11, and hit an infield single on the first pitch he saw. But he strained his right quadriceps in that game, putting him right back on the DL.

“It’s the first step,” Jeter said. “That’s the key, you don’t want to feel it, and I don’t feel it.”

The 39-year-old Jeter broke his ankle in the opener of the AL championship series last October. A second fracture was discovered while he was rehabbing, delaying his return. He played only four minor league rehabilitation games before rejoining the Yankees.

“I’m sure I’ll do more (Wednesday),” he said.

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