Derek Jeter has been working hard this offseason to come back from his fractured ankle. The work is paying off as GM Brian Cashman says Jeter is right on schedule. Jeter and the New York Yankees have said all along that the future Hall of Famer will be ready for opening day. That still seems to be the case.
Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York says Jeter has still not done anything baseball-related, but his rehab is on schedule. He has been walking, running on an underwater treadmill, and bicycling says Matthews. All this has led Cashman to proclaim that Jeter will be ready by Opening Day.
"It's all in the doctors' hands right now," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "But he'll be ready on Opening Day."Jeter fractured his ankle in the American League Championship Series this past postseason. He had been battling a bone bruise in the ankle that weakened it. The injury derailed New York completely. They were eventually eliminated by the Detroit Tigers.
Jeter will be entering his 19th Major League season in 2013. He is under contract for this season. What happens this year will likely determine whether Jeter returns to the Yankees, retires, or tests the free agent market.