Derek Jeter One Step Closer To Comeback

OAKLAND — Derek Jeter took another small step forward yesterday and could be moving closer to resuming significant baseball activities this week.

The Yankees captain fielded grounders directly hit at him at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa and is slated to visit Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte on Thursday to have his left ankle re-examined. If Anderson, who operated on Jeter after he fractured the ankle against the Tigers in the ALCS last October, says a second fracture that didn’t require surgery has healed, Jeter will begin more strenuous workouts.

Jeter would not immediately jump into full baseball activities but would likely start with fielding ground balls, hitting off a tee and then advancing to batting practice.

Last week Jeter, who will turn 39 this month, surfaced at Yankee Stadium but was limited to playing catch while his teammates took batting practice.

Source: GEORGE A. KING III, New York Post