Derek Jeter has been back working on the baseball field for a full week now and his personal prognosis for whether he'll be ready for opening day hasn't changed:

"Everything's been good, everything's right where it needs to be," said Jeter, who is rehabbing from surgery to repair a broken left ankle. "The goal is April 1, that's when we start our season. I'm progressing, right where I need to be."

Jeter hit in the batting cage at the Yankees' minor-league complex Monday morning and also took 55 ground balls on the grass at shortstop. All the grounders were hit directly at him and he did not move side to side.

Jeter is not running yet — he won't until position players report to spring training on Feb. 17 — but he says he would be doing the same types of workouts at this point in the off-season even if he weren't returning from injury.

But he said he "probably wouldn't" play in the Yankees' first spring training game, which is slated for Feb. 23 against the Braves in Orlando.

"I guess I'd have to sit down with our trainers and doctors to see what their plan is in terms of when I start playing games," Jeter said. "You've got to progress and I've been progressing just fine.