Cashman: Jeter will be ready on Opening Day

From bad news on the injury front to good news: Brian Cashman told ESPN New York that things are going well with Derek Jeter‘s rehabilitation from ankle surgery, and that the Yankees’ captain is on track to be back for Opening Day. “It’s all in the doctors’ hands right now,” said Cashman. “But he’ll be ready on Opening Day.” As far as I know, this is the first time anyone in the Yankees’ organization has issued such a definitive statement on Jeter’s schedule, which is a good sign.

Though Jeter hsan’t been cleared to resume baseball activities, he is out of a walking boot and has been running on an underwater treadmill and biking. Casey Close, his agent, says that this won’t be a big deal, as Jeter typically doesn’t begin preparing for Spring Training until late January anyway. “His timetable would have been relatively the same as it is now,” Close said.

Now the Yankees just have to hope there are no significant lingering effects on Jeter’s production as a result of the injury.

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

About Brien Jackson

Born in Southwestern Ohio and currently residing on the Chesapeake Bay, Brien is a former editor-in-chief of IIATMS who now spends most of his time sitting on his deck watching his tomatoes ripen and consuming far more MLB Network programming than is safe for one's health or sanity.

10 thoughts on “Cashman: Jeter will be ready on Opening Day

  1. 2014 is the big year for Jeter… that will ultimately be the year that decides if he will be in a position to get to 4,000 hits, compete for more titles and cement himself as a true baseball immortal

    As for 2013… hey every year is important, but if he can just stay healthy and play in 145-150 games, the rest will work itself out

  2. I hope Jeter has a big year in 2013 but I hate to think what that would mean for the Yankees as a team going forward. Obviously if he does perform close to his 2012 performance their is the risk (a very real risk) in my opinion of him declining his 2014 option and holding out for a a longer deal AND more money. Something I would hate to see the Yankees in a position of having to decide what to do.

    The Yankees need to get younger and more athletic going forward. And the 2 obvious positions that applies to are SS and 3rd base. Now 3rd base there is nothing the Yankees can do since A-Rod is still under contract through the 2017 season. But Jeter will turn 40 during the 2014 season if and when he exercises his option. And in my opinion it takes a rare athlete to quit when he's at or near the top than hang on for a year or 2 to long.

    I don't want to see Jeter turn into this generations Mickey Mantle by hanging on to long nor do I want to see the Yankees in a position of having to play a 40, 41 or 42 year old Jeter and having to deal with the public relations issues that would cause. That's just my opinion.