Jeter takes live BP


NEW YORK -- Injured Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (calf) took live batting practice, fielded grounders and did some light sprints in the outfield before Tuesday's game against the Angels. It marked the first time Jeter has hit on the field since straining his right calf Aug. 2.

Jeter did tee and toss work Monday and will head to Tampa, Fla., on Thursday as the team leaves for its three-game road trip to Boston. Jeter is eligible to return Sunday against the Red Sox, but that's a team decision. The Yankees likely won't rush Jeter back, as his first five games have resulted in two DL trips.

"I would like to, of course. It's up to them," Jeter said before the Yankees faced the Angels. "Like I said, of course I'd like to, but it's not up to me."

The shortstop said he's in a day-to-day situation, and the intention is for him to start running the bases soon. Jeter joked when asked whether he'd be involved in making the decision to finally start running.

Said Jeter: "At this point, do you think I have any input in anything that goes on around here?"

Jeter isn't sure whether he will have to go on a rehab assignment before the Yankees activate him from the disabled list for the third time this season. He's hitting .211 in a season that has seen him miss 112 games due to the calf strain, a quad strain and refracturing of his surgically repaired ankle.

"I always think I can just jump back in. I did last time. But like I said, I get it. If they want me to play somewhere, I'll go play somewhere. It's entirely up to them," Jeter said. "I'm not really in a power position to negotiate. That's all I can say."

LINEUP SWITCH: Lefty outfielders Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki are out of the lineup against southpaw Jason Vargas on Tuesday, leaving shortstop Eduardo Nunez as the leadoff hitter. Nunez will be leading off for the first time this season and has hit in the leadoff spot 10 times in his career.

Manager Joe Girardi said he wanted Nunez in the leadoff spot since he believes Nunez is swinging well. Nunez is 3-for-14.

NIX PREPARING: Utility infielder Jayson Nix has been taking grounders at first base for about the past week in case the team ever needs him at that spot. Nix said he's been doing it on his own, not at the request of the team. Nix has never played first base in his career.

"It's my job to do different things and try to cover all the bases," Nix said. "Make sure I'm ready for whatever is needed."

Nix primarily plays on the left side of the infield, but the Yankees don't have any backup first basemen on the roster behind first baseman Lyle Overbay. Vernon Wells started a game at first, but he's an outfielder. David Adams had started three games at first, but he was recently demoted.

STEWART FINE: Chris Stewart is fine after he was hit with a backswing on his left thumb/knuckle during Monday night's 2-1 win over the Angels. X-rays came back negative after the game. Stewart is not in the lineup.