On Monday, we were told that Derek Jeter had been standing in a batter's box tracking pitches while guys threw their bullpen sessions. Not exactly a strong indicator that he was going to be ready to come off the DL on Saturday when he's eligible or that he was even close to returning. However, yesterday's pregame activities brought much better news as Jeter reportedly hit, took ground balls, and ran in the field during team batting practice.
From not moving and not even swinging a bat to basically full baseball activities in just a few days? Sounds like it could be another push to get Jeter back on the field as quickly as possible. You'd think the Yankees would have learned their lesson on that approach by now, but I guess at this point there's really nothing to lose. It's 100 games into the season and I'm a firm believer that Jeter is going to be bothered by nagging little injuries like this quad strain from here on out.
The team has been getting some contributions from Nunez and Lillibridge lately but they could still use an upgrade. Jeter can be that upgrade whenever he's cleared to play again so they might as well play him. If he gets hurt again, at least they've got better backups available than what was there while Nunez was hurt.