Sunday, August 11, 2013

Derek Jeter on return: 'I'll be ready when I'm ready'

Derek Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list next Sunday, but — after two other failed attempts to get back in the lineup this season — he made no promises that he will be able to do so as he works to recover from a right calf strain.

"I'm confident I'll be ready when I'm ready," he said before Saturday's 9-3 loss to the Tigers. When pressed, he said again, "I'm confident I'll be ready when I'm ready. 
"All I know is what I'm doing today," he said about his return schedule.  "I have to go ride the bike, but I assume [I will run] in the next couple of days."

Since this will be his third attempt at returning to the lineup this season, after a second fracture to his left ankle and a right quad strain, the frustrated Jeter is still reluctant to set a timetable for another debut.

"It feels good," Jeter said after playing catch at Yankee Stadium before the team took the field. "I assume [I’ll] run in a couple of days."

As for now, he has no plans to return to the team’s minor league complex in Tampa, and intends to remain with the Yankees at least through this homestand, which ends Thursday before the team heads to Boston. Jeter would be eligible to come off the disabled list Aug. 18 in Boston, although he has a long way to go before he is declared healthy and is being cautious about rushing back.

 "There's nothing I can't do here that I would do down there [in Tampa]," he said.

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