The New York Yankees have announced that Derek Jeter is on a fast recovery from his fractured ankle, even faster than many had expected. General manager Brian Cashman stated that the future Hall-of-Fame shortstop may find himself in Spring Training game action on or close to March 10.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports that Jeter has only recently resumed baseball activities after suffering his injury during the 2012 ALCS in October. Jeter began running on the field on Saturday, February 23, but he feels that a March 10 return to action is very possible. Said Jeter, "I was a couple of weeks behind what everyone else was doing when I first got here, so on that schedule I don't see any reason why not. I don't think anything's set in stone, but it seems like it's attainable."
Cashman stated that Jeter will likely begin play as the Yankees’ designated hitter. Even with fewer Spring Training at bats than normal, Jeter can still possibly play on Opening Day. Jeter claims that fewer at bats will not impact his ability to perform in the regular season. The 18-year veteran knows how ready he is when the season begins.
The Yankees will need Jeter to perform as he always has in light of the loss of the powerful Curtis Granderson for the first month and a half of the regular season. Granderson suffered a fractured right forearm in Sunday’s Spring Training game with the Toronto Blue Jays. Having Jeter back in the lineup will make up for much of that lost run production.
Aaron Gleeman, Derek Jeter Hoping to Make Spring Debut on March 10, hardballtalk.nbcsports.com, February 25, 2013.
Bryan Hoch, Jeter Targeting March 10 for First Spring Game, yankees.mlb.com, February 24, 2013.Follow @mlbinjurynews
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