TAMPA, Fla. – Derek Jeter worked out on a baseball field Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.
The 38-year-old New York Yankees captain fielded 55 grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop at the team’s minor league complex. He also hit in a batting cage.
Everything went well, Jeter said as he drove out of the complex.
The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York’s opener against Boston on April 1. This is the time of year Jeter usually starts his onfield pre-spring training routine.
Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later, and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.
Jeter has been walking on an underwater treadmill at the team’s facility since early January.
Dodgers announce own TV channel
The Los Angeles Dodgers formally announced a deal with Time Warner Cable on Monday to create a new TV channel that people familiar with the situation say assures the team more than $7 billion over 25 years. That is double what Major League Baseball thought the local TV rights were worth when the team was sold out of bankruptcy just last year.
The gap will be the subject of discussions over the next few months as the league attempts to haggle over how much of that extra money will go into a revenue-sharing pool to help out baseball’s poorer franchises.
MLB typically collects 34 percent of a team’s local revenue after subtracting costs. When the Dodgers were mired in bankruptcy last year, the league agreed to value the potential TV rights of any future deal at $84 million the first year, rising 4 percent every year thereafter. Over 25 years, that estimated TV rights revenue of $3.5 billion.
Pitcher’s fall causes ruptured spleen
Carl Pavano’s spleen was removed last week after the free agent pitcher was injured when he fell in the snow.
The 37-year-old right-hander was hurt in mid-January at his home in Vermont and has been in a Connecticut hospital for nearly two weeks.
Agent David Pepe would not put a timetable on Pavano’s possible return to baseball.
Around the leagues
Red Sox outfielder Ryan Kalish will have surgery on his right shoulder. He is expected to miss spring training. Luke Gregerson’s agent says the pitcher has agreed to a $3.2 million, one-year contract with the Padres.
Infielder Ronny Cedeno agreed to a $1.15 million, one-year contract with the Cardinals. A person familiar with the deals said the Phillies signed veteran reliever Chad Durbin to a one-year contract. He was 4-1 with a 3.10 ERA in a career-high 76 games for Atlanta last season.
Tigers general manager Dave Dombrowski said minor league standout Bruce Rondon may have a chance to close, but the AL champions can be a bit more patient with top outfield prospect Nick Castellanos. Dombrowski said Castellanos will have a chance to make the team, but he’ll need to show he can play fairly regularly.