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Jeter starts return from ankle injury


March 16. 2013 11:40PM
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TAMPA, Fla. — Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.


The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team's minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.


Everything went well, Jeter said as he drove out of the complex.


The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York's opener against Boston on April 1. This is the time of year Jeter usually starts his onfield pre-spring training routine.


Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later, and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.


Jeter has been walking on an underwater treadmill at the team's facility since early January.


Wearing Yankees shorts and a T-shirt with long sleeves, the shortstop walked from the clubhouse to the main field without a limp. Several team officials, including trainer Mark Littlefield, watched Jeter's workout.


Jeter. who spent 90 minutes at the complex, did not run — he may not until spring training starts in mid-February.


Phillies nab Durbin

According to multiple reports, the Phillies have agreed to one-year deal (pending a physical) with a club option for 2014 with Chad Durbin.


Jerry Crasnick from ESPN.com is reporting that the deal is worth $1.1 million with $350,000 in incentives.


Durbin was a key figure during the Phillies' recent glory years. From 2008-2010 when the Phillies won a World Series, two pennant and three NL East crowns, the right-hander was 11-7 with a 3.62 ERA. In 226.0 IP (194 games), he struck out 188 and walked 109.


After a rough season with Cleveland in 2011, Durbin bounced back and pitched very well for Atlanta in 2012 when he was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA. He made a career-high 76 appearances, striking out 49 and giving up 28 walks. He allowed just 52 hits.


His career against NL East foes is even better. In 144.0 IP, he's given up only 44 earned runs for a 2.75 ERA.


Also add Betancourt

Infielder Yuniesky Betancourt has agreed to a minor league contract with the Phillies, which includes an invitation to major league spring training.


Betancourt, 30, hit .228 with 14 doubles, one triple, seven home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games with the Kansas City Royals last season. Defensively, he appeared in 46 games at second base, eight at third base and one at shortstop. Following the regular season, Betancourt played for Aguilas de Mexicali in the Mexican Winter League, where he batted .308 with eight doubles, seven home runs and 22 RBI in 26 games.


Betancourt has hit .266 with 203 doubles, 28 triples, 67 home runs and 411 RBIs in 1,019 career games between the Seattle Mariners (2005-09), Royals (2009-10, 2012) and Milwaukee Brewers (2011).


Pavano has spleen removed

Carl Pavano's spleen was removed last week after the pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow.


The 37-year-old right-hander was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks.


He lost a lot of blood. It was very, very serious, agent David Pepe said Monday.


Pepe said Pavano didn't think he was seriously injured after the fall, then didn't feel well following a workout a few days later in Connecticut.


Pepe hopes Pavano will be released from the hospital this week. He would not put a timetable on the free agent's possible return to baseball.




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