MLB notebook: Yankee Jeter's ankle 'fine,' begins jogging

2013-02-12T00:00:00Z MLB notebook: Yankee Jeter's ankle 'fine,' begins joggingThe Associated Press The Associated Press
February 12, 2013 12:00 am  • 

TAMPA, Fla. - Derek Jeter ran Monday for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the New York Yankees' lineup on opening day.

The 38-year-old shortstop jogged on a treadmill at the Yankees' minor league complex a day before pitchers and catcher report to spring training.

"I've gotten the OK to do everything," Jeter said. "It's a progression. I haven't used my legs, so I've got to get back to using them."

Jeter began his third week of baseball workouts. He hit in a batting cage, fielded grounders on the grass in front of the infield dirt at shortstop and threw in the outfield.

"I feel fine," Jeter said. "I was able to do everything else. I just had to be careful with my ankle, but now I've gotten the green light with that."

The 13-time All-Star expects to start in New York's opener against Boston on April 1. Jeter broke the ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13, and had surgery a week later.

Indians sign Bourn to 4-year, $48M pact

CLEVELAND - Free agent outfielder Michael Bourn has agreed to a four-year, $48 million contract with the Cleveland Indians.

Bourn, an All-Star with Atlanta last season, must pass a physical later this week in Goodyear before the deal can be completed.

Bourn batted .274 with nine homers, 57 RBIs and 42 steals last season for the Braves.

As long as there isn't a hangup, the 30-year-old Bourn, who has remained on the market all winter, will move into the Indians' starting lineup.

Rockies' Fowler OKs $11.6 million contract

DENVER - Speedy outfielder Dexter Fowler and the Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration by agreeing to a two-year, $11.6 million contract.

The 26-year-old Fowler gets $3.25 million this year and $7.35 million in 2014. He also will receive a $1 million signing bonus.

Fowler is coming off a season in which he posted career highs in batting average (.300), RBIs (53), home runs (13) and games (143).

Outfielder Choo, Reds agree to 1-year deal

CINCINNATI - Outfielder Shin-Soo Choo and the Reds have agreed on a one-year contract for $7,375,000, leaving two Cincinnati players in salary arbitration.

Choo made $4.9 million last season with Cleveland, which traded him to the Reds as part of a three-team deal in December. The Reds plan to start him in center field in place of Drew Stubbs - who went to the Indians - and bat him leadoff.

Inside pitch

• Edith Houghton, one of the first female scouts in Major League Baseball, has died at the age of 100 in Sarasota, Fla..

After a playing career that included a stint with the Philadelphia Bobbies, Houghton worked for the Philadelphia Phillies from 1946-52.

• The director the Yogi Berra Museum says the Hall of Fame catcher is not going to spring training with the New York Yankees because the 87-year-old's travel is limited.

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