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Targeting Saturday, Jeter fields grounders

ARLINGTON -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter took batting practice and fielded ground balls hit directly at him on Monday at Rangers Ballpark, making progress as he hopes to return to the active roster this weekend.

Jeter is eligible to be activated from the 15-day disabled list on Saturday against the Rays at Yankee Stadium and has said that he no longer feels discomfort in his right quadriceps after suffering a Grade 1 strain in his only big league game of the year.

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"I'm going day to day," Jeter said. "Like I've said, I want to play as soon as possible. I want to play on Saturday."

Jeter also hit in the indoor batting cages at Rangers Ballpark. The Yankees did not take on-field batting practice because of the afternoon temperatures in Texas, which were in the mid-90s.

"Jete started riding the [stationary] bike, then moved up and progressed a little bit," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "You go day by day."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Adam Berry, a reporter for, contributed to this story from Tampa, Fla.

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