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Derek Jeter says “no question” he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup

Dec 3, 2012, 4:27 PM EST

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Alex Rodriguez may end up missing the entire first half following hip surgery, but Derek Jeter thinks he’ll be in the Opening Day lineup despite breaking his ankle in the ALCS.

Just two weeks ago Yankees manager Joe Girardi called Jeter’s status for Opening Day “a little bit of a question mark” but today during a radio interview with Michael Kay the 38-year-old shortstop said there’s “no question” he’ll be ready for Game 1:

I’ll be in the walking boot for another few weeks and then I’ll be good to go. It’s been a long process. What’s it been, six or seven weeks, where I haven’t been able to move too much? But it’s healing probably just as expected. We still got a long way to go before the season starts but I’ll be ready.

Kay also asked Jeter about the New York Post photo suggesting he’d put on some weight during the rehab process and he brushed it off: “I thought it was pretty funny. I guess there’s a lot of things you can do with a picture.”

Sure enough Jeter took a picture yesterday with Harold Reynolds that shows he’s anything but chubby.

  1. dcfan4life - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:01 PM

    Was there really a question he would miss opening day? His timetable for return was well before that.

  2. soxfan1966 - Dec 3, 2012 at 5:34 PM

    As a Red Sox fan, I’d hate to see Jeter in the Opening Day lineup. However, this guy is a gamer. He’ll be tanned, rested and ready for ball by the first day of the season.

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