NEW YORK -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is still playing in simulated games, but on Tuesday, he was finally able to run the bases for real.
Jeter took part in a simulated game on Monday in Tampa, Fla., and did the same on Tuesday. Manager Joe Girardi said Jeter ran the bases on Tuesday for the first time since the Yankees' captain was placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf on Aug. 3.
"Everything was good today, so we'll see how he feels tomorrow," Girardi said. "I know there's no simulated game, but I know there's a workout planned tomorrow with him running the bases and doing a lot of things. And then we'll go from there."
Jeter, who is in the midst of his third stint on the DL this season, has batted .211 with one home run and two RBIs in five games. He was first eligible to return on Sunday, and while Girardi said there's a plan in place for Jeter going forward, the manager would not reveal it.
It's possible that Jeter could play in rehab games, but Girardi wouldn't say if the shortstop will do so or not. The manager also said he wasn't sure if Jeter would be ready to rejoin the team this weekend in St. Petersburg for its series with the Rays.
"You're asking me to reveal the plan in another way," Girardi said.
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.Less