For the first time since injuring his quad on July 11, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter performed full-speed running drills. Jeter ran before the Yankees' Thursday afternoon game with the Texas Rangers. He reported no pain afterward and implied that he cannot wait to get back into the lineup. In fact, he said that he wanted to and felt like he could play in Thursday afternoon's game:
"I don't feel it, so that's good. Whatever they tell me, man. I think I can play today. I do what I'm told. I'll go inside and see what we have tomorrow."
MLB.com's Bryan Hoch and Master Tesfatsion described the running drills, explaining that Jeter ran first-to-third and second-to-home. He also took batting and fielding practice under coaches' supervision, including conditioning coach Dana Cavalea.
Jeter is eligible to come off of the disabled list on Saturday, July 27. Whether or not the Yankees activate him is uncertain. As much as he wants to play, Jeter acknowledges that the final decision rests with the management.
"I feel good," Jeter said. "That's the only thing I can say; I feel good. I don't feel [pain in] my leg, which is good. Now, it's up to them. I don't know what they have planned."
Manager Joe Girardi still wants to take things day by day to make sure that his captain is 100% ready. Saturday is possible but not promised.
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