TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.
The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team’s minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.
“Everything went well,” Jeter said as he drove out of the complex.
The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York’s opener against Boston on April 1. This is the time of year Jeter usually starts his onfield pre-spring training routine.
Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL Championship Series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later, and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.
Jeter has been walking on an underwater treadmill at the team’s facility since early January.
Jeter. who spent 90 minutes at the complex, did not run – he might not until spring training starts in mid-February.
PHILLIES: Signed veteran reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract.
Durbin returns to Philadelphia where he played a key role in the bullpen on the 2008 World Series championship team.
Durbin was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.
• Philadelphia and infielder Yuniesky Betancourt agreed to a minor-league contract with an invitation to major league spring training.
The 30-year-old Betancourt hit .228 with 14 doubles, seven home runs and 36 RBI in 57 games with Kansas City last season.
YANKEES: Juan Rivera agreed to a minor league contract.
The 34-year-old outfielder and first baseman, who played for the Yankees from 2001-03, hit .244 with nine homers and 47 RBI last year for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
New York planned to announce the agreement later this week along with the deals for former Atlanta Brave Matt Diaz and others who will go to spring training with minor league contracts.
CARDINALS: Infielder Ronny Cedeno agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract, giving St. Louis insurance in case shortstop Rafael Furcal has problems returning from an elbow injury that sidelined him late last season.
DODGERS: Formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable on Monday to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years.
RED SOX: Outfielder Ryan Kalish will have surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to miss spring training.