Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Jeter on course for Yankees Opening Day lineup

The last time we saw Derek Jeter he was hobbling around with his dad sporting a protective boot at a Knicks game inside Madison Square Garden back in December.

The Captain is no longer wearing the clunky fashion accessory on his surgically repaired left ankle and is "doing well," according to Brian Cashman, and remains right on schedule to play on Opening Day.

Jeter has begun walking and jogging on an underwater treadmill at the Yankees' Tampa complex.

"He's not running yet," the Yankees general manager said Monday. "The last thing he'll do is run."

The Yankees open the season in the Bronx on April 1.  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training  on Feb. 12 and full camp opens five days later.  This gives the Jeter — who turns 39 in June — about six weeks to rehab and get his game legs back.

"Sometime later this month, he'll get on the field doing baseball stuff,' said Cashman.  "He's not there yet, but he's doing well."

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