Derek Jeter was on Michael Kay’s ESPN Radio show this afternoon, and he made it clear that his expectation is to be ready for Opening Day. “I’ll be in the walking boot for another few weeks, and then I’ll be good to go,” Jeter said of his efforts to rehab a broken ankle. “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.” Joe Girardi had previously said that Jeter might not be fully prepared to play when Opening Day rolls around, but that was likely as much about not being too bold too quickly as anything else.
Jeter also addressed recent “reports” that he’s put on a few pounds this fall. “I thought it was pretty funny,” he said. “I guess there’s a lot of things you can do with a picture. The funny thing is, a day or two before before that people were telling me I looked like a lost a lot of weight. And two days later I’m on the front page of the New York Post.” Quite to the contrary, in fact, The Captain doesn’t feel that far off of his regular offseason schedule. “When you think about it, you take a few weeks off when the season’s over, so quite honestly, I’m not behind schedule on anything right now.”
Right now, we don’t really have a firm grip on what Jeter’s timetable will be exactly, largely because it’s so early in the process. We do know that he’ll be limited at the beginning of Spring Training, but hopefully he’ll be ready for Opening Day. The important thing at this point is resting as his doctors order, so as to avoid any setbacks or worsening of the injury.