MLB notebook — Feb. 18

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Derek Jeter received an ovation that could be heard throughout Steinbrenner Field when he jogged onto the diamond for the New York Yankees’ first full-squad workout Monday in Tampa, Fla.

Jeter took part in most of the team drills, including on-field batting practice for the first time since undergoing ankle surgery last October. The 38-year-old captain, who has been hitting in an indoor cage, also took part in a 25-minute defensive session at shortstop.

“It felt good,” Jeter said. “It’s the first time I’m doing everything on the field, in terms of hitting on the field, groundballs on the dirt. What I’m doing now is what I would be doing at the beginning of workouts anyway, but I’m a couple weeks behind.”

Arbitration shutout

Major League Baseball pitched an arbitration shutout.

Reliever Darren O’Day completed a $5.8 million, two-year contract with the Baltimore Orioles on Monday, becoming the final player to settle without a hearing among the 133 who filed for arbitration Jan. 15.

This was the first year since arbitration began in 1974 that no player who filed went to a hearing.

Around the bases

Milwaukee Brewers first baseman Mat Gamel tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee for the second time in less than a year and will miss the season. The 27-year-old was injured May 1 at San Diego when he hit a wall while chasing Nick Hundley’s foul popup, cutting short his season after 21 games. Gamel reinjured the knee Saturday during Milwaukee’s first full-squad workout this year. … Miami Marlins first baseman Casey Kotchman received four stitches to close a cut on his left ring finger after running into a pop-up machine during infield drills. … The Arizona Diamondbacks acquired outfielder Tony Campana in a trade that sent right-handed pitchers Jesus Castillo and Erick Leal to the Chicago Cubs. … The Cubs went from worrying about Matt Garza’s elbow to concern over his side. Chicago’s starter will undergo an MRI to determine the severity of the side injury he sustained while pitching batting practice, his first extensive work since last July.


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