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Jeter takes some hacks, grounders

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Injured New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took batting practice for the first time in nearly three weeks, fielded grounders and ran on the field at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., on Wednesday.

Jeter is working his way back from a broken left ankle and subsequent ankle surgery last October. He hasn't played in a game since he experienced soreness in the ankle after four at-bats as a designated hitter in a minor-league game during spring training on March 23.

The 38-year-old Yankees captain took four rounds of batting practice on Wednesday, played catch, took ground balls at shortstop and made throws to first base.

For the second straight day, Jeter ran between the foul lines in the outfield grass at less than full speed.

Injured center fielder Curtis Granderson joined Jeter for the workout. Granderson caught line drives and fouls balls in the outfield while wearing a brace to protect the broken right forearm he suffered at the beginning of spring training. He hopes to begin throwing Thursday.

"Everything's looking good," Granderson said, according to MLB.com.

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