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NEW YORK -- With Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter officially not coming off the disabled list on Wednesday, the chance of him reaching 3,000 hits in New York is still possible.
Jeter, who is out with a strained right calf, took batting practice on the field for the first time and started a running program Monday in Tampa, Fla.
Jeter took 30 swings in batting practice. He fielded seven grounders on the grass before rain forced a stop. After a brief delay, Jeter returned to the field for three light sprints and some agility-related drills.
"Everything's good," Jeter told The Associated Press. "Steps in the right direction."
Now that Jeter is running, he could be set to go out on a minor league rehab assignment at some point this week.
The Yankees host the Milwaukee Brewers for a three-game series starting Tuesday. Then they head to Citi Field for the Subway Series over the weekend.
"I don't have a timetable for him," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. "He is not going to be ready Wednesday. We're just taking it one day at a time. He'll do more running on Tuesday."
Cashman labeled it a "good day." The Yankees are likely going to be conservative with Jeter's return. That is how the team always tries to handle injuries. Plus, they are 9-3 in his absence.
If Jeter returns in Cleveland on July 4, he would have three games to reach the milestone in George Steinbrenner's hometown. After that, the Yankees finish with four against Tampa in the Bronx.
Jeter is six hits shy of 3,000. No Yankee has ever reached the milestone.
Other Yankees also continued their rehabilitation.
Infielder Eric Chavez, out with a broken left foot, took batting practice with Jeter. He is close to going on a rehab assignment, according to Cashman.
Right-hander Bartolo Colon, sidelined with a strained right hamstring, threw four innings of 15 pitches each in a simulated game.
"He threw very well today," Cashman said.
Colon struck out three and allowed two hits, including one to injured minor league outfielder Slade Heathcott, who was the Yankees' first-round draft pick in 2009.
There have been discussions on whether Colon will need a minor league outing or if he could be ready to pitch against the New York Mets this weekend. Cashman said the Yankees would wait until Tuesday to decide.
Left-handed reliever Pedro Feliciano, on the DL with a left shoulder tear, made 15 soft throws off a bullpen mound,
Converted reliever Mark Prior, on the DL at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of a strained groin, is scheduled to throw off a mound for the second time in four days Tuesday.Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.