New York Yankees’ star shortstop Derek Jeter has arrived at Yankees’ Spring Training camp in Tampa, Florida. Jeter will work out with the team, but he will not participate in the Yankees’ initial Spring Training games, which begin on February 23. Instead, he will wait until at least early March to test his surgically repaired ankle in full-speed game action.
Jeter has medical clearance to begin full-speed workouts. USA Today’s MLB writer Bob Nightengale tweeted the news on February 17.
Jeter says medically cleared to do everything but won't start playing spring training games until March
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) February 17, 2013
Nightingale also reports in another tweet that Jeter has a permanently implanted plate and screws in his ankle, which he broke during Game 1 the 2012 ALCS.
MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch recently reported Jeter's statements that he feels fine, is ready to train, and has medical permission to resume full workouts. Said Jeter, "I'm right where I need to be. I've gotten the OK to do everything now…. I've gotten all the green lights I need."
When Jeter begins playing games, he will likely start out as designated hitter. He is not concerned about the number of at bats he gets; he is concerned about being ready to play on Opening Day.
Bob Nightengale, USA Today, Twitter Messages, February 17, 2013.
Bryan Hoch, MLB.com, Jeter Runs on Treadmill, Takes Ground Balls, Yankees.mlb.com, February 11, 2013.
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