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Yankees: Derek Jeter will need longer ramp up to return

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06:54 AM ET 04.06 | According to manager Joe Girardi, whenever Derek Jeter finally gets back on the field it's going to take more than a few minor league games to get the shortstop ready for major league action. "I don't think you can say, play in three or four games and be back," Girardi said. "He is going to have to go through somewhat of a spring training." Jeter, who hasn't played in any type of game since March 23 when his surgically repaired left ankle didn't allow him to run the bases very well, hasn't worked out on the field since. He has been limited to long tossing and strengthening exercises at the Yankees' minor league complex in Tampa. Friday, according to general manager Brian Cashman, Jeter took ground balls directly at him and took 30 swings while swinging off a tee and in a soft toss drill. Girardi said he doesn't believe Jeter will need six weeks -- normally a regular spring training -- but made it clear Jeter will return when Jeter is ready. He played in five big league spring training games.

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April 6, 2013  07:20 AM ET

Who gets back first Jeter or Ortiz?

April 6, 2013  08:55 AM ET

Just do the right thing at years end Derek. Call it a career.

April 6, 2013  08:59 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Who gets back first Jeter or Ortiz?

Jeter. Ortiz is listed year to year.

April 6, 2013  09:09 AM ET

Memorial Day. Of course they could be 15 games out by then.

April 6, 2013  09:10 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

Jeter. Ortiz is listed year to year.

Come on man, I heard Papi put his shoes on yesterday, all by himself.

Not sure if he tied them though.

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April 6, 2013  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

he hasn't been able to tie them for years, he switched to velcro straps long ago

It's tough to tie them when you can't see them.

April 6, 2013  10:12 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

Come on man, I heard Papi put his shoes on yesterday, all by himself. Not sure if he tied them though.

He now wears Birkenstock Birkos for balanced arch Support for maximum stability. Very cool, and you can get them cleated for game days too.

April 6, 2013  10:14 AM ET

Stick a fork in him.

April 6, 2013  11:15 AM ET

I didn't see this coming. When he initially broke his ankle, I figured he'd re-hab like a madman and be FMC by spring training. I had no idea it was that serious or complicated.

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April 6, 2013  11:52 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

Ortiz will be back first and he will still be faster than Jeter.

Agreed.

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April 6, 2013  01:59 PM ET

As in... Derek Jeter needs a long, wheelchair-friendly ramp to be installed at Yankee Stadium to make things easier on him?

April 6, 2013  09:15 PM ET

Sad story; classy guy(even as a BoSox fan) who is hanging on too long.
It could be a long season for Jeter (and Ortiz)!

April 7, 2013  12:05 AM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Just do the right thing at years end Derek. Call it a career.

I've gotta say 50, usually I think you're one of the most spot on people here but I'm not with you here. DJ just lead the league in hits. Yes, rehab is harder. And I personally believe he needs to vacate SS. But he has the opportunity to do something really special in terms of all-time hits leaders. Show me back to back clunker seasons and I'll toss him. Till then? Let Jete compete.

April 7, 2013  04:19 PM ET

PS: I know people see single digit comments and think I'm a rookie. I'm not. I just like to read most of the time. There is enough people on the internet that seem to need to be heard so I'm happy just making a comment once in a while. But I know who you guys are here. Oh yes I do. ;0
LOL

 
April 20, 2013  09:38 PM ET

Like I've been saying all along, Fifty, Jeter really needs to put it to bed now.

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