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Jeter has first BP session since surgery

TAMPA — Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the Yankees' first full-squad workout Monday.

Jeter, 38, took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since October ankle surgery. The captain, who has been hitting in an indoor cage, also took part in a 25-minute defensive session at shortstop.

"It felt good," Jeter said. "It's the first time I'm doing everything on the field, in terms of hitting on the field, groundballs on the dirt. What I'm doing now is what I would be doing at the beginning of workouts anyway, but I'm a couple weeks behind."

Although he didn't take part in agility or running, Jeter got the day's biggest salute from the several hundred fans present when he first appeared. They also cheered when he lined a ball to right on his first BP swing.

Phils: Young at home

CLEARWATER — Michael Young had spent his entire 12-year career with the Rangers when the Phillies acquired him in December. While leaving the only team he'd ever known was difficult, he has no complaints about his landing spot.

The Phillies, like Texas, are a perennial contender. And they have an open spot at third base after Placido Polanco left as a free agent for Miami.

A career .301 hitter, Young spent the past two seasons moving among four infield spots and DH in Texas. On Monday, Young looked right at home at third base, taking ground balls and pop-ups with the rest of Philadelphia's starting infield.

"The last couple years I was working hard but I'm getting 25 percent of my workload where I should be getting 100 percent, which is hard," Young said. "Before I was getting 25 percent of the reps because I had to keep bouncing around making sure I keep sharp at all four spots. This year I can put everything I have into third."

Manager Charlie Manuel hasn't come out and declared Young as his team's opening day third baseman, though it seems all but assured. Still, Young would rather prove to Manuel he can still take care of business rather than be awarded the spot based on his resume.

"I think he's trying to show us how good he is at third base," Manuel said. "He says, 'I can play third base. I don't want to tell you, I'll show you.' "

Jays: Watchful eye

DUNEDIN — LHP Ricky Romero, battling back from tendinitis in both knees, had his second bullpen session while also throwing to live hitters for the first time this spring.

The Blue Jays are keeping a close watch on Romero, 28, who received platelet-rich plasma injections in his knees during the offseason to help alleviate the pain. The discomfort didn't completely subside.

"We keep an eye on him," manager John Gibbons said. "If he's barking, we'll shut him down or lighten the load, but when you have them at this stage of your career, it's probably going to bother you your whole career. You basically just have to deal with it, there's not structural problems, but you just grin and bear it, I guess."

Romero hasn't had any setbacks. "Right now, the good thing is that everything is coming out free and easy and just trying to build off that," he said.

.Fast Facts

Blue Jays

Florida Auto Exchange Stadium, 373 Douglas Ave., Dunedin

Tickets: (727) 733-0429, bluejays.com

Phillies

Bright House Field, 601 Old Coachman Road, Clearwater

Tickets: (727) 467-4457, phillies.com

Yankees

Steinbrenner Field, 1 Steinbrenner Drive (corner Martin Luther King and Dale Mabry), Tampa Tickets: (813) 879-2244, yankees.com

Jeter has first BP session since surgery 02/18/13 [Last modified: Monday, February 18, 2013 8:37pm]

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