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Derek Jeter Injury: Updates on New York Yankees Star's Return from Ankle Surgery
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Derek Jeter may be pushing 40, but the star shortstop doesn’t look any closer to calling it quits on one of the greatest careers in New York Yankees history. The injured shortstop is finally ready to make his 2013 regular-season debut.

UPDATE: Saturday, August 3, at 5:52 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

From New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand:

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UPDATE: Saturday, July 27, at 4:37 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

ESPN's Michael Kay provides the latest on Derek Jeter's return:

MLB on Fox suggests the return hinges on how Jeter feels tomorrow:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 24, at 6:06 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Sweeny Murti of Sportsradio 66 WFAN passes along a disappointing update on Jeter's status:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:15 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Bryan Hoch of MLB.com tells us when Jeter might return to his familiar shortstop position for the Bronx Bombers. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 11:05 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has the latest on where Jeter will fall in the batting order in Thursday's game. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 9:05 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

ESPN New York has the latest from Yankees general manager Brian Cashman regarding Derek Jeter's return to the Yankees:

Derek Jeter will return to the New York Yankees' lineup on Thursday, GM Brian Cashman confirmed Thursday. 

'After the game last night, after Hafner got hurt, we looked at the weather patterns and I just decided to make the move for today. Derek was scheduled to DH in Scranton, so I figured, he could DH and sit around in the rain in Scranton, or he can DH and sit around in the rain in the Bronx. We chose the Bronx,' Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com's Ian O'Connor.

Cashman said Thursday morning he wasn't sure whether Jeter, who has missed the entire season while recovering from a broken ankle suffered in last season's American League Championship Series, would play against the Kansas City Royals at shortstop or designated hitter.

'We'll talk about it with Joe (Girardi) and see what we decide to do,' he said.

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 7:45 a.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Joel Sherman of the New York Post has good news for Yankees fans anxious for the captain's return:

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 11, at 1:55 a.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal says Jeter may return even sooner than anticipated:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 7:31 p.m. ET by Eric Ball

Jack Curry of the YES Network provides some exciting news on the return of Jeter:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, July 10, at 12:45 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

George A. King III of the New York Post has the latest on when Jeter could return from the disabled list. 

Derek Jeter’s equipment from Tampa has made it to The Bronx, likely meaning the Yankees captain won’t be far behind.

Jeter’s equipment coming to New York, as opposed to Scranton where the shortstop will continue his Triple-A rehab tonight, is a very strong indication he will be in pinstripes this weekend for the Yankees' final games before the All-Star break. The Yankees open the second half with a seven-game road trip through Boston and Texas.

Before the Yankees' loss to the Royals—their third straight defeat—manager Joe Girardi would not rule out a weekend return for Jeter.

“He has to play in the field a little bit longer and back-to-back, possibly,’’ Girardi said of Jeter, who took a scheduled night off Tuesday evening. “I know he is ready to be here. He was ready last week, but that’s Derek. He is off [last night] and then I think he is scheduled to play back-to-back.’’

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 11:25 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

The Yankees have the latest on Jeter:

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UPDATE: Sunday, July 7, at 7:08 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Kieran Darcy, Jeter "went 0-for-2 with a walk and played five innings at shortstop before exiting the game as planned."

Jeter also added this quote about his first rehab start:

"It was fine. I didn't do much," Jeter said. "It was maybe the first time I sort of got a mini-standing ovation for grounding out."

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UPDATE: Friday, July 5, at 2:25 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has the latest update on Derek Jeter and when he'll return to the field. 

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UPDATE: Thursday, July 4, at 2:45 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

Stephen Lorenzo of the New York Daily News gives the latest update on Jeter's status. 

"I'm anxious to be playing in games," Derek Jeter said. "Everything I've needed to do up until that point, I've done."

The Yankees shortstop has yet to play in a game after breaking his ankle in the 2012 ALCS and aggravating the same injury during spring training. Jeter has gradually made the transition back to the diamond, most recently with simulated at-bats and base running.

"Everything felt good, yes sir," Jeter said. "I think I'm close."

"I see him hitting (batting practice) because I shag during that and that looks good," injured outfielder Curtis Granderson said. "I haven't seen him take ground balls or run or anything like that. But hitting wise everything looks good."

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UPDATE: Friday, June 28, at 5:11 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

MLB.com's Bryan Hoch provides an update on Jeter's status:

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 27, at 1:45 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

New York Post's Dan Martin has the latest on Derek Jeter's recovery from ankle surgery:

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UPDATE: Saturday, June 22, at 11:31 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo

NY Daily News' Peter Botte tweeted out a photo of Jeter taking BP:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, June 19, at 4:58 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Associated Press (via the YES Network), Jeter has taken a major step toward his return to the field:

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has taken on-field batting practice for the first time since being cleared to increase his rehabilitation program for a broken left ankle.

Jeter took 21 swings on Wednesday at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla. He looked comfortable at the plate, hitting balls to all fields.

The Yankees captain has also increased his movement by taking grounders and fielding balls backhanded on the grass behind short and throwing to first.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 13, at 6:40 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to New York Daily News reporter Mark Feinsand, Jeter has been given clearance to progress into baseball activities:

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UPDATE: Monday, June 10, at 1:31 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Good news for the Yankees, as Derek Jeter is getting closer to returning to the lineup as he took groundballs and swung a bat for the first time since the setback during his rehab, per Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

Jeter fielded just 20 groundballs and took 25 dry swings according to Yankees GM Brian Cashman, who refused to give a more specific time-table for Jeter's return, other than to say that the plan is still for him to return following the All-Star Game.

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UPDATE: Thursday, June 6, at 5:25 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to the Associated Press (via Yahoo! Sports), Jeter hopes to return to baseball activities next week:

Injured Yankees captain Derek Jeter remains hopeful of getting cleared to increase his baseball activities next week.

Still recovering from offseason left ankle surgery, the shortstop has moved his rehab program from New York to the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

Jeter resumed playing catch last week in addition to indoor cardio work and physical therapy.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, May 29 at 5:29 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Derek Jeter is slowly but surely working his way back from last year's ankle injury and took an important step forward today as he played catch during today's batting practice, as Bryan Hoch of MLB.com documented on Instagram.

via Bryan Hoch on Instagram

More importantly, Hoch mentions that today was the first day that the Yankees captain was cleared to play catch and he could move on to fielding groundballs and taking swings soon.

Despite the progress, Jeter wasn't ready to put himself on any sort of timetable, per Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 18 at 4:22 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

Bad news for the Yankees, as Jeter has a small crack in the area of the initial injury and will be out until after the All-Star break, according to GM Brian Cashman (per Andy McCullough of the Star-Ledger):

Cashman went on to say that the star shortstop won't need surgery to repair the damage, per Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News:

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 18 at 4:00 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow

As Jeter tries to return from his ankle injury, he will be taking an unscheduled trip to the doctor, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, April 16 at 5:51 p.m. ET by Ian Hanford

According to ESPN's Andrew Marchand, Jeter has lightened his workload, and it doesn't look like he will be back in the lineup in the near future:

Derek Jeter still is trying to rehabilitate his injured ankle and is not close to appearing in rehab games, making a return in early May a remote possibility at best.

After taking the weekend off to rest his ankle, Jeter has lightened his workload in Tampa as he tries to manage his recovery.

The New York Yankees have said when Jeter is finally ready to play in games, he will need close to a full spring training before he will be prepared to return to the majors.

 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, April 10, at 1:43 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Great news for Yankees fans as Derek Jeter (ankle) is making progress and has participated in drills, the New York Yankees announced this afternoon.

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UPDATE: Thursday, April 4 at 4:00 p.m. ET by Sam Westmoreland

With the regular season underway, Yankees fans are all asking the same question: When will Derek Jeter be back? Now, according to a report from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, they may finally have their answer: May 1. 

From Heyman's report:

Jeter is the interesting one. With him only playing long toss and doing other therapy in Tampa at the moment, it's uncertain when he will be back, as manager Joe Girardi suggested on Wednesday when he gave no timetable. But sources say that the May 1 date has at least been mentioned by Yankees personnel as a possibility -- barring another setback.

However, things are far from concrete on the Yankees' talismanic star: 

May 1 might be optimistic, and a Yankees person suggested that date may assume no more setbacks. Jeter still needs to go through several steps before he can return, starting with taking grounders. The first time he began taking grounders this spring it was still a few weeks before he appeared in a spring game.

In other words, Yankees fans are likely to be waiting for at least another month before their veteran star makes his triumphant return. 

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26, at 4:20 p.m. ET by Ethan Grant

With Jeter set to spend time on the disabled list to start the 2013 regular season, he spoke out to reporters about the disappointment of not being ready to play on opening day (from the Associated Press via TSN):

Of course, it's disappointing...I told you guys all along the goal was to be ready on opening day, and I didn't reach it. I ran out of days. I pushed to try to get there opening day, and it didn't work out. But I've still got to be ready for the majority of the season.

He continued:

It's a setback for opening day, but it's not a setback in terms of the recovery process...I heard from the doctor yesterday. It's supposed to happen. Some things you can't control. It's a normal recovery process.

According to the AP article, the early hope is for Jeter to return in the April 6 game against the Detroit Tigers.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 26, at 3:03 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter admitted that he won't be ready for the Yankees' Opening Day game, according to ESPN's Wallace Matthews.

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 24 at 11:39 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Disappointing news for Yankees fans as Derek Jeter (ankle) will likely start the 2013 season on the disabled list, according to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman via New York Daily News' Mark Feinsand.

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UPDATE: Sunday, March 24 at 10:14 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter (ankle) will not participate in today's spring training game for the Yankees due to soreness, according to Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman via New York Newsday's Anthony Rieber

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UPDATE: Thursday, March 21 at 3:15 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Brian Cashman once again chimed in on the Jeter injury, and it isn't good news, Yankees fans. From Jack Curry of the YES Network:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 20 at 1:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

General manager Brian Cashman has chimed in on the Jeter injury. From the Associated Press (via ESPN):

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says he doesn't know if injured captain Derek Jeter will be available to play for New York on Opening Day.

The shortstop received an anti-inflammatory injection in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second straight spring game on Wednesday.

"At this stage, I just don't know, so all I can do is acknowledge it's a possibility," Cashman said when asked if Jeter would be ready for Opening Day.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 20 at 12:15 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Not only will Jeter miss Wednesday's game, but he may also be headed to the DL, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN:

And Jack Curry of the YES Network says the team doesn't yet have a timetable for his return:

Meanwhile, Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News has more information on Jeter's ankle:

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UPDATE: Wednesday, March 20 at 10:10 a.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

While it probably isn't time for Yankees' fans to start worrying about Jeter just yet, he will miss his second straight spring training game on Wednesday. From Wallace Matthews of ESPN:

Derek Jeter is not in the New York Yankees' lineup for a second straight day after experiencing stiffness in his surgically repaired left ankle before a game in Clearwater on Tuesday.

After being scratched about an hour before Tuesday's game and being sent by the club for X-rays and an MRI, Jeter was not expected to play in Wednesday's game against the Boston Red Sox.

The Yankees said Jeter's X-rays were negative and the MRI revealed "mild inflammation'' in the ankle he fractured last October during the American League Championship Series.

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UPDATE: Tuesday, March 12 at 5:18 p.m. ET by Tyler Conway

Jeter's ankle is 100 percent, and now he's ready to prove it by returning to the position he's called home for nearly two decades. According to an Associated Press report (h/t Sports Illustrated), the 38-year-old Jeter will make his spring debut in the field on Wednesday:

Derek Jeter says he will play at shortstop Wednesday night against the Philadelphia Phillies. It's the first time in the field for Jeter since ankle surgery last fall. Jeter says Tuesday after working out in Tampa, Fla., that he'll "be out there" against the Phillies after two games as the designated hitter.

With the entire Yankees team seemingly suffering from some injury, having Jeter be 100 percent healthy is critical. Him getting back on the field is a great sign—now he'll just have to stay there going forward.

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UPDATE: Saturday, March 9 at 12:12 p.m. ET by Alex Ballentine

Jeter may not be ready to return to his duties as the team's shortstop quite yet, but he'll be making his return to the plate. According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News he'll be in the Yankees lineup as the DH.

 

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UPDATE: Friday, March 8 at 1 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Great news for Yankee fans: Jeter says that his surgically repaired left ankle is at 100 percent, as reported by Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York. Jeter got the news in a checkup on Thursday in Charlotte with Dr. Robert Anderson.

It is 100 percent healed and now we move forward...

It was scheduled before I started playing games to get the final OK...There has been a process of a few doctors visits and tests to see how it was coming along. Last time I went there it wasn't completely healed, but now it is

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 24, at 11:27 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter is expected to begin hitting in spring training games by mid-March, according to Star-Ledger's Andy McCullough.

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UPDATE: Sunday, Feb. 17 at 10:28 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Derek Jeter is targeting to play on Opening Day, according to YES Network's Jack Curry.

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4 at 3:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

As has been reported of late, Jeter is progressing nicely in his ankle rehabilitation. Andy McCullough of The Star-Ledger has the latest update on the future Hall of Famer:

Derek Jeter said he’s received the “green light” for full activity on his surgically-repaired left ankle. He celebrated by running on a treadmill. This was his first time running since the procedure on Oct. 20.

“We’re just progressing, like I told you,” Jeter said. “Right where I need to be. So I’ve gotten the OK to do everything now.”

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UPDATE: Monday, Feb. 4 at 10:31 a.m. ET by Brandon Galvin

Encouraging news for Yankees fans as Derek Jeter (ankle) continues to make steady progress. NY Daily News' Anthony McCarron reports the New York captain is currently hitting in the batting cage.

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UPDATE: Monday, Jan. 28 at 12:55 p.m. ET by Rob Goldberg

The New York Yankees and their fans received some good news on Monday as Derek Jeter has resumed baseball activities for the first time since his ankle injury, according to Wallace Matthews of ESPN:

The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop Monday at the team's minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.

Afterward, Jeter told the media that "everything went well."

This is encouraging as the veteran shortstop looks to be ready to play on Opening Day. 

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According to Marc Carig of Newsday, Jeter is already cleared to participate in baseball activities—although he doesn’t plan to begin until later in the month.

It’s a miraculous recovery for a player who is just three months removed from a traumatic injury and extensive surgery.

The superstar infamously broke his left ankle back in mid-October—in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the 2012 ALCS against the Detroit Tigers, to be precise—ending his season and the Yanks’ dream of winning the World Series.

It was initially suspected that the surgery he underwent would require four to five months of rehabilitation, but it seems that the captain is well ahead of that schedule.

As per an Associated Press report (via ESPN), Jeter confirmed he is targeting Opening Day—April 1 against the Red Sox—for his return to the Yankees lineup and noted that his “leg is good.”

In response to critics who claim the Bronx Bombers are too advanced in age to compete, the 13-time All-Star questioned, "Too old or experienced? I'm pretty sure we'll be competitive, and be right where we need to be."

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If anyone knows the value of an aging veteran, it’s Jeter himself. The 17-year veteran had a fine season in 2012; batting .316, smacking 15 homers and driving in 58 RBI while helping lead the Yanks to a 95-67 record (best in the American League).

The team will certainly need Jeter in the lineup if it is going to earn a top seed in the AL once again this year. It seems that barring a setback, the captain will be good to go right around the beginning of the season.

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