Monday, February 11, 2013
Jeter runs for first time
By Andrew Marchand
TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter ran for the first time since breaking his ankle in October.
"I've gotten the OK to do everything," Jeter told reporters at the Yankees' minor league complex after taking part in informal workouts. "I haven't been using my legs so I have to get used to using them."
Jeter, 38, has said he expects to be ready by Opening Day and this would be an indication that he is going in the right direction as he tries to regain his 2012 form. There is going to be a level of fatigue and rust that Jeter will have to overcome to start the season as hot as he did last season. Jeter hit an incredible .389 in his first 22 games in '12 on his way to leading the league in hits with 216.
Joe Girardi wanted to rest Jeter more in '12, but Eduardo Nunez' ineffectiveness in the field made that impossible. Playing 160 regular season games, Jeter started 135 at short and 25 at DH.
Nunez or Jayson Nix are the favorites to win the utility role, which should mean a good amount of time at shortstop. The decision will come down to choosing to between the excitement of Nunez or the reliability of Nix.