Derek Jeter participated in the infield-fly drill Wednesday but was instructed not to race around the infield and shallow outfield. “He looked OK. I didn’t want him running all over the place,’’ manager Joe Girardi said. “We have to be careful when he is out there.’’ Jeter, who had ankle surgery in October, took ground balls and batting practice for the third straight day. However, he hasn’t started a running program and isn’t running the bases and there is no date as to when he will. Jeter has vowed to be ready by Opening Day on April 1 against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium. Yet, he isn’t likely to play in the first week of exhibition games that begins Saturday against the Braves in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. * Michael Pineda pled no contest to charges stemming from his August arrest for DUI in Tampa. The right-hander received the minimum sentence for a first-time offender, including 12 months parole, 50 hours of community service, 10-day vehicle impoundment and a six-month license revocation. He also paid a $500 fine, plus court costs, according to a Hillsborough County Court spokesman. Pineda, 24, has yet to pitch for the Yankees since being acquired from the Mariners last January in a trade for catcher Jesus Montero. He had surgery to repair a torn labrum last May and the team hopes he is back by the middle of this season. * Because they are only going through drills at this stage of camp it’s nearly impossible to see if Francisco Cervelli or Chris Stewart has gained an early advantage in the fight for the No. 1 catching spot.
Jeter plays it safe for infield drill
New York Post | Feb 21