Jeter back on the field

DETROIT -- Derek Jeter took some ground balls on the field and took a few soft-toss swings in the cage in Tampa on Friday, which Joe Girardi saw as a positive step in Jeter's road back to the Yankees.

"He's on the field, so he is a little closer," Girardi said before today's game against the Tigers. "He took some ground balls hit at him so that’s better than where he was last week, or even Thursday."

On Friday, Girardi said Jeter would need close to "a full spring training reset" before he could be reactivated from the disabled list, meaning he could need between four and six weeks of playing time after he is cleared to resume baseball activities.

Girardi did not re-address the time frame on Saturday, but seemed encouraged that Jeter was back at work after having been shut down due to stiffness and soreness in the ankle he fractured in the ALCS against the Tigers last October.