Derek Jeter takes first batting practice on the field since last season

Nick Turchiaro-USA TODAY Sports

Jeter clears another hurdle in his rehab.

Derek Jeter took batting practice on the field for the first time since injuries cut short his 2013 season, according to the Associated Press.

Jeter, who has been working out at the Yankees spring training complex in Tampa, FL, took 39 swings at the plate and also took some ground balls at shortstop. Prior to today, he had been hitting in indoor cages. He has been rehabilitating a number of different injuries that ruined his 2013 season, including an ankle he broke not once, but twice. He broke it the first time in the 2012 ALCS and then again in spring training in 2013.

On top of the ankle, Jeter also dealt with quadriceps and calf injuries. It was a season to forget, as he managed to get only 73 plate appearances. He hit just .190.

Spring training opens on Feb 15 for the Yankees as pitchers, catchers and injured players are scheduled to report. The team's first full-squad workout is on Feb 20.

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