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Jeter works out with Yankees in New York

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter took a break from rehabbing in Tampa, Fla., to join the team in the Bronx.

Jeter is looking to start running soon as he continues recovering from a broken left ankle.

Jeter took batting practice with the team Saturday and plans to be in the dugout through this weekend's series against the Tampa Bay Rays.

"I feel good," he told reporters. "Everything's moving in the right direction."

Jeter was given clearance last week to resume baseball activities. He has not played since the injury last October.

"It's a lot better than we were when you look back two weeks ago, four weeks ago," manager Joe Girardi said. "Curious to see him out there running around. It's nice that we get an opportunity to see him, and he's anxious to be back, so this is good."

Also, third baseman Alex Rodriguez faced live pitching Saturday as he looks to rebound from offseason hip surgery. Girardi said he is not sure when Rodriguez will start playing simulated games.

"Obviously I think he has to run the bases a little bit more," Girardi said. "And they have not talked to me about the point when he's going to be in a simulated game. I'm not sure when he's scheduled to do that, but obviously if he's taking simulated at-bats, he's gotta be fairly close."

Finally, Girardi said that backup catcher Francisco Cervelli, who is recovering from a broken right hand, is able to swing a bat.

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