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Jeter healing, cleared for baseball activities, running

OAKLAND -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been cleared to progress into baseball activities and running, the team announced on Thursday.

Jeter was examined on Thursday in Charlotte, N.C., by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the initial surgery after Jeter fractured his left ankle in last year's American League Championship Series.

Dr. Anderson determined that the injury is healing, the Yankees said.

"He'll start doing baseball activities, trying to do more and more each day. As long as everything is positive, he'll continue to move forward," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.

Jeter, who turns 39 later this month, has been working out at the club's training complex in Tampa, Fla., with his activities including playing catch, hitting off a tee and fielding ground balls hit directly at him on the outfield grass.

The Yankees have offered only a vague timeline for Jeter's return, saying that they expect him to be playing in Major League games sometime after the All-Star break. Jeter had targeted being in the Opening Day lineup before suffering a new fracture in his left ankle during Spring Training.

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. Jeff Kirshman is an associate reporter for
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