Derek Jeter takes two days off

Wondering what Derek Jeter did this weekend? Absolutely nothing baseball-related.

"He has been off the last two days," Yankees GM Brian Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com on Monday. "They were scheduled off days the last two days."

An observer in Tampa told Wallace Matthews that Jeter took batting practice on Monday, but cut the amount of groundballs from 45 on Friday to 21 on Monday.

Since Jeter had setbacks in spring training, Cashman has made it a point to limit the information available on Jeter's progress in his return from ankle surgery. Cashman would not say if there is any greater meaning in Jeter not doing anything baseball-related for two days.

But needing a couple of scheduled off days seems like an indication of how far Jeter is from returning to the field.

The Yankees aren't even to a point where they can discuss a timetable upon which Jeter could return. He hasn't played in a game in nearly a month. His last action was March 23, when he only played five innings in a minor league game. The two days off seems to be an indication he isn't close to game action. When he does play in games again, the Yankees will have to set a timetable.

"There will be an amount, but we are not in a position to even think through that stuff yet," Cashman said.