With Opening Day about nine weeks away, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter engaged in baseball activity for the first time since breaking his left ankle last October.

Jeter, the 38-year-old 13-time All Star, took batting practice and fielded 55 grounders at the team's minor-league complex in Tampa, Fla., the Associated Press reported. "Everything went well," Jeter said.

The Yankees fully expect Jeter to be ready for the opener on April 1 against Boston. He fractured his ankle diving for a ball in Game One of the American League Championship Series against Detroit. When he underwent surgery on Oct. 20, the team indicated his recovery time would last four to five months.

Jeter is undertaking his spring-training preparation early, as is his custom. Pitchers and catchers report on Feb. 12. The rest of the roster convenes on Feb. 17.