|English: New York Yankees Derek Jeter batting against the Baltimore Orioles during a baseball game Thursday, June 28, 2007 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
How can it be that spring training is just around the corner?
Having suffered an ankle fracture during the American League Championship last October against the Detroit Lions, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is doing all he can to come back from the injury and be ready for opening day on April 1st. Jeter broke his ankle lunging for a grounder in Game 1 and had surgery a week later.
He was cleared on Wednesday to resume baseball activities, but won't take the field until the end of the month. The 13-time All-Star player said this is normal pre-spring training routine.
"I've go the ok to start. But I don't start until next week or the week after, anyway. In terms of baseball activity, I'm right where I need to be," said Jeter.
Jeter is out of a walking boot and has begun working out in Tampa.
"He's doing fine," general manager Brian Cashman said. "All the boots are off. He's allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he's not doing any running. He's at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he's been doing some walking underwater."
Jeter had his best season in 2012 since 1999, leading the American League with 216 hits and batted .316 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs. His ankle had been originally injured in mid-September and then later reinjured by several foul balls off his foot.
He is just one of several players, including CC Sabathia (elbow) and Mariano Rivera (torn ACL), who are coming into spring training off surgery.
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