Jeter is back on the field in Tampa. He took 25 dry swings today and fielded 20 grounders right at him, Brian Cashman told me. Story soon.And almost immediately there was a flurry of reports coming out about Derek Jeter "resuming baseball activities."
— Andrew Marchand (@AndrewMarchand) June 10, 2013
Ummm, did he really? I don't know if my definition of that phrase differs from everybody else's but I don't consider 25 dry swings and basically standing in place and bending over slightly to catch a ball baseball activities. I picked up a putter I had laying around my apartment last night and took 25 dry swings while I was watching the Sawx-Rays game and I didn't even break a sweat. If those are considered "baseball activities" then the 20-25 second I spent in the shower vigorously rubbing shampoo into my head is a baseball activity. So is the rather brisk walk I take to the coffee room to refill the mug and the walk back to my desk.
Point being, don't get excited about anything Jeter-related that gets reported for the next few months because he's nowhere near coming back. The Yankees threw out the "after the All Star Break" date after the ankle setback, but that doesn't mean it's going to be the game after. Jeter has a long way to go and it's going to be a very slow rehab process. At this point, I feel confident saying that I think Alex Rodriguez will be back on the field before Jeter this season, and it wouldn't surprise me in the least if Jeter didn't play at all this year. I don't consider what he did yesterday to be baseball activities, and I don't think we're actually going to read about him doing real baseball activities for quite some time.