Derek Jeter plays catch for first time since having walking boot removed
The atmosphere of the Subway Series has always been enjoyable for Derek Jeter, but this one won’t be quite as fun for the Yankees captain. He’ll have no choice other than to watch from the dugout as this series against the Mets plays out.
Jeter made a brief appearance on the field at Yankee Stadium before Wednesday’s game, playing catch during batting practice, and said that it was the first time he has done so since having a walking boot removed from his left foot last week.
“I just started throwing today. I’ve got another test in the next week and a half, and after that I’ll know [more],” Jeter said. “I can’t run, I can’t do anything like that until the next test. We’ll wait to see what happens.”
Jeter quipped that his arm felt good after the light round of catch with Anthony Flynn, the Yanks’ assistant video coordinator, and said that he has not experienced much pain or stiffness in his ankle, which was diagnosed with a small new fracture in April.
“It’s been good,” Jeter said. “Like I said, I haven’t done anything besides walk. It’s been pretty good doing that, but we won’t know until the test. You can’t fake out a CT scan, so we’ll see what it says.”
Jeter said that while this season has been frustrating for him, he is proud of the way that the Yankees have handled the losses of several key pieces to remain competitive in the American League East.
“You can’t concern yourself with who’s not here,” Jeter said. “They’re not here now, so the guys need to continue playing well. They’ve been playing well with all the injuries that we’ve had. Everyone’s done a great job. You want that to continue, but you can’t really concern with yourself with people that aren’t here, just like I’m sure they’re not concerned with me.”