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After first hit, Jeter hopes to play in field soon

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter played in his first spring-training game Saturday as a designated hitter and singled on the first pitch in his first at-bat.

Jeter again will serve as the Yankees' DH on Monday, and then he's hoping to get some time at shortstop, possibly this week.

"If that's what he feels he's ready to do, then we'll do it," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said, according to the Newark Star-Ledger. "He has a 100 percent clearance from the doctor."

Jeter spent the offseason recovering from a broken ankle he suffered in October in the American League Championship Series. He received the medical go-ahead on Thursday to play in games but still is working his way back, as evidenced by his jog to first base on the single.

"I played a game. So now it's just continue to get more and more comfortable. More at-bats. More pitches. More times running on the bases," Jeter said.
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