Jeter back in action with first offseason workout

Captain hits off tee, takes ground balls at Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa

Jeter back in action with first offseason workout

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter returned the field on Monday for the first time since missing all but 17 games in 2013.

Jeter, 39, hit off a tee in a batting cage and took 108 ground balls on the infield grass at the Yankees' Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla.

The Yankees captain had been limited because of lingering effects from a broken ankle in the 2012 playoffs.

"I don't think about it, and that's a good thing," Jeter said.

The 2013 campaign was an injury-filled one for Jeter, who missed the first 91 games rehabbing his ankle. He returned July 11, but experienced pain in his quadriceps and went back to the disabled list. He returned July 28 for three games before straining his right calf.

Jeter once again rejoined the Yankees on Aug. 26 and played until Sept. 7, when he was replaced by a pinch-runner. Although scans on his left ankle were negative, the Yankees ended his season shortly thereafter.

"It's good to have a normal offseason and get some work in," Jeter said. "Everything is normal now."

Cash Kruth is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @cashkruth. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.