Derek Jeter, captain of the New York Yankees, worked out on a baseball field for the first time since breaking his left ankle in a postseason game in October.
Yankees’ Jeter tests his ankle
Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October.
The 38-year-old captain of the New York Yankees fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team’s minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla. Jeter also hit in a batting cage.
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“Everything went well,” the 13-time All-Star said as he prepared to drive out of the complex.
Asked whether he would be able to start in the April 1 regular-season opener against Boston, Jeter replied, “Why not? I’ve always said (I’ll be ready) for a long time. I told you it’s fine now.”
Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL Championship Series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery the next week and Yankees officials said recovery time would be from four to five months.
Jeter led the major leagues with 216 hits last year and had a .316 batting average.
Pavano has spleen removed
Carl Pavano’s spleen was removed last week after the free-agent pitcher was injured when he fell in snow.
The 37-year-old right-hander, who was 2-5 with a 6.00 earned-run average in 11 starts for the Minnesota Twins last year, was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for about two weeks.
“He lost a lot of blood,” agent David Pepe said. “It was very, very serious.”
Pepe said Pavano didn’t think he was seriously injured after the fall, then didn’t feel well after a workout a few days later in Connecticut.
Pepe said he hopes his client will be released from the hospital this week. He declined to put a timetable on Pavano’s possible return to baseball.
Dodgers announce cable deal
Los Angeles Dodgers officials announced a deal with Time Warner Cable to create a new TV channel. People familiar with the situation say SportsNet LA assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years — about double what Major League Baseball officials thought the local TV rights were worth when the team was sold out of bankruptcy last year.
Betancourt seeks Phillies role
The Philadelphia Phillies and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt have agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major-league spring training.
Betancourt, 30, hit .228 for the Kansas City Royals last year. He played in 588 games for the Mariners from 2005 to 2009 and batted .279.
Turkish team to add Drogba
Galatasaray officials say they have an agreement with former Chelsea forward Didier Drogba, a deal that comes after the acquisition of midfielder Wesley Sneijder from Inter Milan of Italy.
Drogba, 34, has agreed to an 18-month deal with the Turkish team. He has played for Shanghai Shenhua of China this season and is with Ivory Coast at the African Cup of Nations in South Africa.
Drogba scored 157 goals in 341 matches for Chelsea, an English Premier League team.
Xavi extends his contract
Midfielder Xavi Hernandez, 33, has extended his contract with FC Barcelona of Spain through 2016.
Winter X Games
Moore’s condition is critical
Snowmobile rider Caleb Moore remains in critical condition after a crash Thursday at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colo., and is being closely monitored.
His family thanked Moore’s fans for their support and asked for their prayers.
The 25-year-old from Krum, Texas, was performing a flip when he clipped the top of a jump and went over the handlebars. The snowmobile rolled over Moore, but he walked off the course with help and went to a hospital with a concussion.
While there, he developed bleeding around his heart and was flown to Grand Junction, Colo., for surgery Friday. His family said Sunday that Moore had a secondary complication involving his brain. They didn’t provide details.
Moore’s younger brother, Colten, also crashed in the event and suffered a separated pelvis.
• Danny Garcia‘s title defense has been postponed after the 24-year-old unified light-welterweight champion reportedly suffered a rib injury in preparation for his scheduled Feb. 9 fight in New York. The bout against 35-year-old Zab Judah has been rescheduled for April 27.
• Forbes magazine valued soccer powerhouse Manchester United, a 19-time English Premier League champion, at a record $3.3 billion — the first team in any sport to surpass $3 billion.
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