Derek Jeter briskly cut across the diamond, heading to a familiar spot for the first pitch. Clearly, he was eager to get going. "It's been a while,"...
TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter briskly cut across the diamond, heading to a familiar spot for the first pitch. Clearly, he was eager to get going.
“It’s been a while,” the New York Yankees’ captain said.
The 38-year-old shortstop played the field Wednesday night for the first time since breaking his left ankle in the AL Championship Series opener last October. It was totally routine — he easily turned a grounder into a force-out, the only play he got in four innings of a 6-2 victory over Philadelphia.
“It was good. It was good to be out there again,” he said. “Not too much happened.”
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