Monday, February 3, 2014

Derek Jeter Continues Winter Workouts In Tampa

Derek Jeter did very little today at the Yankees minor league complex down on Tampa, Florida but it is apparently a huge deal in Yankeeland. Jeter's day included five rounds of batting practice, which were 39 swings each time, and fielding exactly 34 ground balls. This is the first time that Jeter has taken batting practice on the field since the 2013 season ended and his second time, that we know of anyway, that he took ground balls live.

Here are a few quotes from Jeter this morning regarding his latest workout:

“This offseason is like a normal offseason,” said Jeter, who was in a walking boot until early January last year. “I’m four months ahead of where I was last year. Last year, quite honestly, I want to forget about it.”

“My job is to be ready to play,” Jeter said. “I remember when I was 35, everyone said that was it. He can’t play anymore. End of my career. So, it’s really nothing different. Eventually, somebody is going to be right, you know what I mean? You’re going to run out of numbers.”

“Everything is good so far, knock on wood,” Jeter said.

Joining Jeter for a little early work down in Tampa is Yankees pitching coach Larry Rothschild and pitchers Adam Warren and Preston Claiborne. Just as a reminder pitchers and catchers start workouts on February 15th, a mere 12 days away.

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