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By The Sports Xchange April 16, 2013 7:51 PM
The New York Yankees had targeted a May 1 return for shortstop Derek Jeter, but that date is no longer realistic. Manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday that it's unlikely Jeter will be back by then. The injured Jeter, recovering from a broken ankle suffered in October, has yet to be cleared to play in minor league games in Florida as he works his way back from soreness that stymied his progress during spring training. "That was a date that was thrown out there," Girardi said, according to MLB.com. "The easiest way for me to say it is, he'll be back when he's back, when he can physically do it on an everyday basis. "I don't think any of us are going to know the exact date until we go through some trial and error. He's not ready to play in games. I don't think they necessarily have an exact date of when he's going to play in games, and we'll just go day by day and see how he feels." Jeter, 38, is taking batting and infield practice but is not close to getting into a game. The Yankees' captain last played in a minor-league game on March 23. Jeter worked out Saturday and Sunday at the Yankees' spring-training complex in Tampa, Fla., but the Yankees don't want him pushing his rehab. Girardi didn't mention a new projected date for Jeter to be back in the majors. "Sometimes I think you can take too many ground balls, and they talked about lessening that load a little bit just because he was taking so many," Girardi said. "He's going to want to do as much as he can as soon as he can, so we're just trying to make sure that we don't go too fast. But there was no setback." Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez have shared time at shortstop while Jeter is out.