Derek Jeter Begins Workout in Tampa; Set to Resume His 3,000 Hit Quest
In the fifth inning of the Yankees-Indians game on June 13th, Jeter came up lame and had to limp off the field due to a sore right calf. The official Derek Jeter injury was diagnosed as a Grade 1 strain of his left calf and he has been on the 15-day disabled list ever since.
Having singled in his first at bat against Cleveland, Jeter moved his career hit total to 2,994, six away from the magic 3,000 hit mark. But the legendary Yankee has been out since that game. But good news Yankees' fans!
Derek Jeter has started his on-field workouts at the New York Yankees spring training facility in Tampa, Fl. Jeter's first rehab consisted of long toss, treatment and indoor workouts.
The Yankees' gold glove winning shortstop and future hall of famer has not been on the disabled list since 2003 and had this to say:
"I guess the timing wasn't very good," Jeter said after suffering the injury. "It's a little bit frustrating, but even if I wasn't at this point, I'd still be frustrated.
"I don't like not to play, whether it's going for 3,000 hits or 100 hits. It really doesn't make a difference to me. I'd rather be out there playing."
New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi also chimed in about Jeter's recovery process by saying "He's still doing treatment;
he's doing some functional stuff."
Derek Jeter has been one of the best players to ever put on a Yankees uniform. He broke into the Majors back in May of 1995 and has been a consistent hitter and model citizen his whole career. He is already the Yankees all-time leader in hits. Which is surprising considering all of the great players that the Yanks have had over the years.
Now he is on the verge of becoming the 28th Major League player to get to the magical 3,000 hit mark. He is only six hits away! A true Yankee and a true gamer.