Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is getting back to work on-field for the first time since injuries cut his 2013 season short.
Jeter took batting practice and fielded shortstop during his workouts today in Tampa, Florida, fielding 34 grounders in the process.
“Everything is good so far, knock on wood,” Jeter told ESPN New York.
Jeter, who turns 40 in June, had spent the last two weeks using the indoor batting cages and fielded grounders on the infield grass. Jeter isn’t worried about those who have doubt in his return and is just focusing on getting back on the field.
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.”
Yankees pitchers, catchers and injured players start on-field workouts on February 15th, although Jeter says he will remain at the minor league complex until full squad workouts on February 20.