Yankees star Derek Jeter hit the field this week for his first baseball workout of 2014. The short stop is attempting a comeback after his season ended early last year due to an ankle injury.
The team captain could only play 17 games last season because of a broken ankle from two years ago. The 40-year-old fractured the joint during the first game of the American League playoffs against the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 13, 2012. Still bothering him, the injury only allowed Jeter to play in five games, with a meager 11 at bats during last year’s spring training. He even stayed behind in Florida after training for rehabilitation, where he broke his ankle again.
It’s safe to say that 2013 was an “off” year for Jeter. After missing the first 91 games of the season, he made his first appearance on July 11, only to go back on the disabled list again because of pain in his quadriceps. He came off of the list on July 28, played for three games, and then strained his right calf.
His season was not over yet, however, as the All-Star played from August 26 to September 7. He had to leave his last game early because of his ankle. Four days later, the team declared he was done for the year. Jeter was only able to hit one homer and earn seven RBIs for the season, with a batting average of .190.
Things looked promising for the veteran during his workout; he was able to hit the ball off of the tee in the batting cage and field 108 ground balls. Jeter typically begins his workouts for spring training around mid-January.
The Yankees officially begin their workouts for pitchers, catchers and injured players on February 15. The rest of the team starts five days later.
Fans took to Twitter to show their support for Jeter:
— Dello (@Zdello11) January 15, 2014
— Daniel Arons (@Daniel__Arons) January 16, 2014
— lawyerlady95 (@lawyerlady95) January 21, 2014
— brooke (@brooke_devries) January 16, 2014
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