Derek Jeter works out in Tampa after being cleared by doctors

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After being cleared for increased baseball activity last week, Yankee captain Derek Jeter took batting practice for the first time Wednesday in his comeback from a broken left ankle.

Because Jeter’s latest injury was the result of a setback the Yankees are being very careful with Jeter, and said they will be moving him along slowly.

Jeter, who has been doing light fielding drills for the past week, is on track to return to the Yankees’ active roster shortly after the mid-July All-Star break. During Wednesday’s BP session Jeter took 21 swings at the Yankees minor league complex in Tampa.  Spectators say Jeter looked comfortable in the brief session, hitting the ball to all fields.

The Yankees are crossing their fingers that Jeter does not suffer any additional setbacks during his rehab.  In his absence Yankees shortstops have batted an abysmal .205 with one home run this season.  Jeter, who will be 39 years old when he returns to the field, hit .316 with 15 home runs in 2012.

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