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New York Yankees' Derek Jeter stands on the field during batting practice before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 22 in New York.
New York Yankees' Derek Jeter stands on the field during batting practice before a baseball game against the Tampa Bay Rays on June 22 in New York.
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TAMPA, Fla. — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he thinks he is close to feeling well enough to begin playing in minor league games.


The Yankees’ captain says he is now doing everything needed before beginning a rehabilitation assignment.


“I’m anxious to be playing in games,” Jeter said after working out Thursday at the Yankees’ minor league complex. “When they tell me to play, I’ll play.”


On Wednesday, Jeter ran the bases after putting the ball in play during simulated at-bats for the first time since a second break was found in his left ankle. He is expected to rejoin the Yankees after the All-Star break.


“Everything felt good,” Jeter said.


Jeter has been out all season. He broke his ankle in the opener of the AL championship series on Oct. 13. After surgery, he played just five spring training games because of soreness. A new break was discovered on April 18.


Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson, out with a broken knuckle on his left hand, took around 15 swings in an indoor pool with a lightweight pipe, the initial step in the process to resume hitting.


“To know that this is the first step and we’ve checked that off is good news,” Granderson said.


Granderson is also catching flyballs during batting practice.


As for catcher Francisco Cervelli, he will likely need another month before he’s back with the team.


Manager Joe Girardi said Thursday that an MRI test on Cervelli revealed a stress reaction in his right elbow. He has been shut down from activity for two weeks. Girardi said the injury arose in the last few days and acknowledged the 27-year-old probably won’t return to the Yankees until August. A stress reaction is the precursor to a stress fracture.


Cervelli has been doing rehabilitation work for a broken right hand that occurred in late April. He played in 16 games at the start of the season but has been out since then. Cervelli was making progress, throwing regularly and taking batting practice, until getting hurt this week.


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