JUPITER, Fla. -- The Yankees announced Thursday that Derek Jeter has received final medical clearance to begin full baseball activities. He is expected to be at the team's Spring Training facility in Tampa on Friday.
Jeter had what the club called "a routine and scheduled visit" with Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C., on Thursday. Anderson performed the surgery on Jeter's broken ankle in October after he suffered the injury in the Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
Manager Joe Girardi did not indicate when Jeter might first appear in a Grapefruit League game for New York.
"I'll talk to him when we get back from this trip and see where he's at," Girardi said. "I'm not just going to throw him at shortstop and leave him out there for a long time. We'll probably DH him first. Start with two at-bats and go from there."
Jeter has not played in a game since suffering the injury at Yankee Stadium on Oct. 13.
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