Jeter has begun working out

Good news from Florida. Derek Jeter is out of his walking boot, still actually has a foot and has begun working out in preparation for the 2013 season. GM Brian Cashman confirmed that Jeter is well on his way to being ready in time for Opening Day.

Via Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

“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.”

Jeter, who turns 39 (gasp!) in June, batted .316 in 2012. He hit 15 home runs, collected 58 RBIs in 159 games and he led the Major Leagues with 216 hits.

Stacey is co-Editor-in-Chief of It's About The Money, co-host of the It's About The Money, Stupid podcast and is a monthly contributor to ESPN's SweetSpot Blog. She is a former contributor at Aerys Sports and High Heat Stats. She has contributed to group projects at Baseball: Past And Present and the Hall of Stats. Her work has appeared in USA Today's Sports Weekly and most recently, she wrote four pieces for Derek Jeter: Celebrating the Yankees' Captain Clutch, a magazine printed by i5 Publishing.