Though he has yet to run on his surgically repaired left ankle, Derek Jeter is "doing well" in his rehab, according to Brian Cashman, and remains on target for Opening Day.

Jeter, who no longer wears a protective boot on the ankle, has begun walking and jogging on an underwater treadmill at the club's Tampa complex. "He's not running yet; the last thing he'll do is run," Cashman said Monday.

Sometime later this month, he'll "get on the field doing baseball stuff," Cashman said. "He's not there yet, but he's doing well."

PAVANO'S MET PITCH

Carl Pavano's tenure in the Bronx was filled with unwanted drama, but that doesn't mean he's against another tour of New York.

The Mets have talked to Pavano's agent, Dave Pepe, and Pepe says Pavano "has no trepidation about playing in New York. He's a veteran. He's been doing this a long time."

The talks, Pepe said, are preliminary and he's talking to six teams in total.

Pavano, who turns 37 Tuesday, was 2-5 with a 6.00 ERA in 11 starts for the Twins last year, missing time with a bone bruise in his shoulder. Pepe says he's healthy and has already begun playing catch to build arm strength.

"The Mets obviously have a need," Pepe said. "I don't want to be misleading — I'm sure they're reaching out to a lot of people. Carl has an interest in that situation if they have an interest in him. I don't know where he is on their priority list. I am talking to a bunch of other teams as well. ... He's confident he's going to be in a rotation and throwing a lot of innings."

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