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Derek Jeter has begun workouts at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa

Jan 12, 2013, 4:44 PM EDT

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The Yankees continue to express confidence that Derek Jeter will be ready for Opening Day following left ankle surgery. While he hasn’t been cleared for baseball activities yet, his rehab appears to be going as planned.

According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed today that Jeter is out of a walking boot and has begun workouts at the team’s complex in Tampa, Florida. If all goes well, he’ll begin baseball activities later this month.

“He’s doing fine,” Cashman said. “All the boots are off. He’s allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he’s not doing any running. He’s at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he’s doing some walking underwater.

“Sometime in mid-to-late January, he’ll be cleared for some baseball activities; hitting and fielding. He won’t be doing any running until the very back end of this. That’s the plan so far, and he’s doing well.”

Cashman conceded that Jeter will likely be a little behind at the start of spring training, similar to CC Sabathia and Mariano Rivera, but being in the lineup for April 1 against the Red Sox is the goal.

Jeter, who turns 39 in June, batted .316/.362/.429 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI and a .791 OPS last season. He’ll make $17 million in 2013 and holds a $9.5 million player option for 2014.

  1. themagicfanguy - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    Doesn’t matter, they’re 3rd place at best. Jeter is overrated.

  2. selbyrj82 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    3rd place at best: definite possibility, will definitely be tough for them to get to the playoffs this year. Jeter overrated: not at all.

  3. dirtyharry1971 - Jan 12, 2013 at 5:57 PM

    So he is showing up for spring training what? a full month before he is scheduled to report? Not surprised

    • mazblast - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:25 PM

      IIRC his off-season home is in Tampa. This makes the journey to the Yankees’ spring training home less than long and perilous.

      It’s good that he’s following medical orders and doing everything necessary to try to be ready for Opening Day, but we should stop a bit short of awarding him the Presidential Medal of Freedom for it.

  4. thebadguyswon - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    Clock is about to strike 12 on this old team.

    • Kevin S. - Jan 13, 2013 at 9:13 AM

      #commentsfromeveryyearsince2003

  5. banger60 - Jan 12, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    I would bet right now he could still run to 1st base faster than that lazy ass Cano.

  6. cackalackyank - Jan 12, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    Jeter is dedicated, and will be at least as good as he was in his worst year when he hit .270. I feel I can pretty safely say Jeter is not likely to be the problem,even at age 39. Problems that are real: 1. Generally pitchers need someone behind the plate, you know, to catch the pitches that haven’t been hit, and that player has to come up to bat 3-5 times a game. 2. No right handed of/dh. 3. No one to play 1b when Mark “Brittle Bones” gets his annual “owie”. 4. No one that will replace Swishes 25 bombs and Martin’s 19. 5. No one that is named Curtis Granderson that will strike out less than 150 times. 6. How will Youk handle getting booed the first time he strikes out in a key situation in da Bronx. These are the reasons that I see the lights being out in the Bronx in 2013 for only the second time in the postseason since 1995.

    • protius - Jan 14, 2013 at 12:58 PM

      Youk played for the Red Sox; he’s aware that Boston fans have been known to eat their young at Fenway, so simply getting booed by them is a relief.

      As a player, he’s been booed in Yankee Stadium before. The big difference between getting booed by the home team in The Bronx, is that the fans aren’t into human sacrifice; they’ll just spit on your wife or girlfriend to show their displeasure.

  7. southofheaven81 - Jan 12, 2013 at 9:25 PM

    That is one tough son of a bitch.

  8. jeteribarelyknowher - Jan 12, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    How Youk will handle being booed in the Bronx? Jesus, where do you people come from? The man spent a majority of his career in Boston. I heard they boo up there from time to time.

    Now I suspect this is where you tell me it’s not the same as “Da Bronx!”

    • badintent - Jan 13, 2013 at 3:35 AM

      You’re 100% right. they boo their lousy team all the time, and the manager a lot, sorry Bobby.Jeter gets a little booing from jealous Boston men when they see their girls swoon over Derek and his $20 million dollar crib.

  9. showtimefolks007 - Jan 13, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    get back healthy and for all you saying we will finish 3rd why? because all those great players from the #1 team in MLB the marlins will make them the best? this is the AL East which is a beast and will be quite tough. but we have a very good very experienced rotation

    and our lineup isn’t looking that bad, games are played on the field so let’s see we have a long track record of making into the playoffs every year besides the one we missed few years back

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