Would Derek Jeter take a limited role with the Yankees? Only if he's helping the club, his former manager and close friend said.

Jeter has spent the offseason healing from the fractured ankle and other assorted injuries that marred his 2013 campaign, limiting him to just 17 games.

On Thursday, Jeter told reporters there's "no reason" he shouldn't regain his 2012 All-Star ability, and that he hadn't considered the possibility of the team bringing in another shortstop — something General Manager Brian Cashman has said the team's looking at in case Jeter falters.

But Joe Torre said he thinks if Jeter feels he's not playing up to his standards, he might consider a reduced part.

Jeter "will play baseball as long as he's benefitting the team, whatever the role," Torre said, speaking outside the 11th anniversary gala for the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation in Chelsea.