Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter visited the orthopedic surgeon in Charlotte, N.C. who mended his fractured left ankle last October, and departed on Thursday with “final clearance” to play in games, manager Joe Girardi said.

“It went great,” Girardi said after the team's 7-6 loss to St. Louis. “I know he was cleared by the doctors. He can resume all activities.”

Of course, Jeter will not immediately hop into the team’s lineup. The Yankees hope Jeter can make his Grapefruit League debut after this weekend. Girardi intends to speak with Jeter on Saturday once the team returns from their two-day trip to the east coast of the state.

The Yankees made clear that Jeter’s appointment had been scheduled far in advance. Jeter has said the final hurdle before he can start playing games is running the bases full speed. He has only jogged thus far.

Once he starts playing, Jeter will start as a designated hitter. In time, he will play the field at shortstop.

As Girardi considers his options for replacing Mark Teixeira, he does not intend to use Eduardo Nunez much at third base. He needs Nunez ready to replace Jeter at shortstop during the regular season.