Jeter discusses rehab after playing catch

Jeter discusses rehab after playing catch

NEW YORK -- The atmosphere of the Subway Series has always been enjoyable for Derek Jeter, but this one won't be quite as fun for the Yankees' captain. He'll have no choice other than to watch from the dugout as this series against the Mets plays out.

Jeter made a brief appearance on the field at Yankee Stadium before Wednesday's game, playing catch during batting practice, and said that it was the first time he has done so since having a walking boot removed from his left foot last week.

"I just started throwing today," Jeter said. "I've got another test in the next week and a half, and after that, I'll know [more]. I can't run. I can't do anything like that until the next test. We'll wait to see what happens."

Jeter quipped that his arm felt good after the light round of catch with Anthony Flynn, the Yanks' assistant video coordinator, and the shortstop said that he has not experienced much pain or stiffness in his left ankle, which was diagnosed with a small new fracture in April.

"It's been good," Jeter said. "Like I said, I haven't done anything besides walk. It's been pretty good doing that, but we won't know until the test. You can't fake out a CT scan, so we'll see what it says."

Jeter said that his next test will likely be in Florida, and he will return to Tampa, Fla., after the Yankees' homestand, which will end on June 5. Jeter said that although he hasn't been on the field much, it has been nice to be around the team when it's here at the Stadium.

"I've been back -- I was here the last two homestands," Jeter said. "In that sense, it's nothing new. I haven't been on the field, but I've at least been around the guys. It feels good to come here. You get kind of bored when you're down in Florida and not doing too much.

"I'm not patient, man. I think I've gotten more patience as I've gotten older, but I'm not very patient. It's a character flaw."

Jeter said that he guesses the second fracture of his ankle came around the time he was scratched from a March 19 exhibition against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., and that he had pushed the ankle too much in hopes of getting back to the Yankees' lineup by Opening Day.

Even with that knowledge, Jeter said that he will not scale back his preparation when he is finally cleared to begin more strenuous baseball exercises like fielding balls, hitting and running the bases.

Jeter said that he believes he could be cleared to resume swinging a bat next week, as well as fielding grounders hit directly at him.

"I'll do exactly what I'm told to do, just like I did last time," Jeter said. "It's just a freak incident, I guess, which caused it to break again. I don't know why. I don't think anyone knows why. I'll do what I'm told, and hopefully there's no setback."

Jeter said that while this season has been frustrating for him, he is proud of the way that the Yankees have handled the losses of several key pieces to remain competitive in the American League East.

"You can't concern yourself with who's not here," Jeter said. "They're not here now, so the guys need to continue playing well. They've been playing well with all the injuries that we've had. Everyone's done a great job.

"You want that to continue, but you can't really concern with yourself with people that aren't here, just like I'm sure they're not concerned with me."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Josh Vitale is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.