Derek Jeter ran sprints at the Yankees complex in Tampa, Fla. on Tuesday, in a significant step forward in his rehabilitation from ankle surgery. Jeter had not run since March 23, when he received four at-bats in a minor-league game.

Jeter also fielded grounders and swung in a batting cage. He is scheduled to take batting practice on the field on Wednesday, while running what Joe Girardi called “arcs,” part of the progression toward running the bases.

“He’s doing more and more each day,” Girardi said before Tuesday’s game with Cleveland. “He moved more on his groundballs. He feels better. So we’ll keep amping it up a little each day.”

Girardi watched video of Jeter’s sprints. The shortstop was not running full-speed. But Girardi was encouraged. “He looked as good as at any point I had seen him in spring training,” he said.

He added, “He did some sprints. It’s not 100 percent. But he was able to do them. And to me, that’s a big step. And I’m really curious how he’s going to feel tomorrow.”