Yankees’ Jeter takes first ‘big step’ since setback

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Chad Jennings, USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees’ Derek Jeter ran Tuesday.

It wasn’t a full, hard-as-he-can sprint, but Jeter, who had offseason surgery on his left ankle and hasn’t played since March 23 after a setback in his rehabilitation, did put one foot in front of the other in a fairly aggressive fashion. He also hit in the batting cage and took ground balls with a bit of side-to-side movement. Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter is scheduled to take batting practice outside Wednesday.

“That is not as big a step as being able to run,” Girardi said. “He did some sprints. It’s not 100 percent, but he was able to do them and to me that’s a big step. I’m really curious to see how he’s going to feel tomorrow.”

The Yankees shot video of Jeter going through drills so Girardi and the major league staff could assess how he looks.

“He looked as good as any point that I’d seen him in spring training,” Girardi said. “… You don’t know how he’s going to react tomorrow. I don’t really want to put a timetable on it because I don’t know how he’s going to feel tomorrow after what he did. Before, he’d been running on a treadmill in the water. It’s really hard to say.”

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