Sunday, June 26, 2011
Jeter update: Swings, plans to run? Derek Jeter hit off a tee and took soft toss in Tampa on Sunday afternoon. He hopes to soon start a running program to test his strained right calf.
"Hopefully that will be tomorrow or the next day," Jeter told the Associated Press on Sunday.
Jeter worked out in a batting cage for the second straight day at the Yankees' minor league complex, taking 39 swings off the tee and 35 swings of soft toss. He has yet to run on the injured calf. A plan to take grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt was postponed due to a steady rain.
There is no specific date set for his return.
"You've got to run," said Jeter, who is on the DL for the first time since 2003. "Once you start running, then we'll have a better sense."
Jeter was also scheduled to lightly jog for the second day in a row, manager Joe Girardi said before the Yankees played the Colorado Rockies.
Until Jeter runs, the Yankees will have no timetable for his return to the field and his return to the pursuit of 3,000 hits.
"If it was up to me I'd be playing now," Jeter said, "but you have to be smart."
On Saturday, Jeter took 27 swings off a tee and 30 soft toss swings. He also played catch. Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list on Wednesday. He is not expected to be ready in time. After he is cleared to run fully, the Yankees want him to play a game or two in the minors.
Jeter first suffered the injury on June 13 while running out a fly ball.
He is six hits away from 3,000 for his career. Jeter, who turned 37 on Sunday, will become the 28th member of the 3,000 hit club if and when he reaches the mark.
He is averaging 1.1 hits per game (68 hits in 62 games). If he were to return on July 29, it would be the second-game of a three-game series at home against Milwaukee. Many projected that Jeter could reach 3,000 during the Yankees’ three-game series against the Mets July 1-3. But that projection appears unrealistic.
After the Subway Series, the Yanks travel to Cleveland for three games. They finish the first half with four games at home in Tampa.
Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.