Derek Jeter went through his first workout of the year on Monday, taking up baseball activities for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short last September, according to the AP. He hit off a tee in the batting cage and took exactly 108 -- no more, no fewer -- grounders on the infield.
Jeter's 2013 was nearly completely lost. He played in only 17 games due to a variety of injuries. He missed the first 91 games of the season while recovering from surgery on a broken ankle he suffered in the 2012 AL Championship Series against the Tigers. When he was finally healthy enough to get back in the lineup, he didn't even make it through his first game before he felt pain in his quad and went back on the DL. He came back again after three weeks but lasted only a few days before a strained calf sent him right back to the DL. In total, Jeter only amassed 73 plate appearances before the Yankees shut him down for good. He hit only .190.
Jeter will be 40 years old in June and says he feels "normal." He usually begins baseball activities in mid-January to prepare for the season, so this workout isn't really out of the ordinary.
Pitchers, catchers and injured players are scheduled to report to spring training for the Yankees on Feb. 15.