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Yankees SS Jeter resumes baseball activities

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jan 20 2014 02:40:12 PM CST
Updated On: Jan 21 2014 09:59:32 AM CST
Derek Jeter, New York Yankees

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter resumed baseball activities Monday by hitting off a tee in a batting cage and fielding 108 grounders at the team's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

Jeter, 39, is coming off a season in which he batted just .190 in only 63 at-bats with eight runs, one double, one home run and seven RBIs over 17 games.

He spent four stints on the disabled list last year and missed 145 games, mainly recovering from a broken ankle sustained in the 2012 playoffs.

"I don't think about it, and that's a good thing," Jeter said, according to the Associated Press. "It's good to have a normal offseason and get some work in. Everything is normal now."

The Yankees have been preparing as if Jeter will spend significant time as designated hitter this year. They signed versatile infielder Brendan Ryan this winter and they also have young infielders Eduardo Nunez and Dean Anna on their 40-man roster.