The Grapefruit League season is in full swing, but don’t expect to see Derek Jeter in a game for another two weeks.
That was the word Sundy from general manager Brian Cashman, who said Jeter’s first action wouldn’t come until around March 10.
“I’ve learned patience as I’ve played longer,” said Jeter, who will start as a designated hitter.
Assuming Jeter makes his debut on March 10, the Yankees would have 18 spring games over the final 20 days to get the shortstop enough work to be ready for the season-opener April 1.
“Twenty days of Derek Jeter in spring training is still better than whatever the alternative we’re going to run out there,” Cashman said. “Physically he’s capable of doing everything, it’s just we’re being very cautious about how we take him out of the gate.”
Jeter ran on the field and on the basepaths for the first time Saturday, though he said it was far from full speed.
“My form was good,” Jeter said. “It wasn't an all-out sprint. I’m a couple of weeks behind, so it’s what I would be doing two weeks ago.”
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Yankees GM Brian Cashman says Derek Jeter should make spring debut around March 10
New York Daily News | Feb 25