There is a photo making it’s way around the internet of a not-so-in-shape Derek Jeter, but Yankees GM Brian Cashman said he isn’t concerned and you shouldn’t be either. After all, this is The Captain we’re talking about and rest is more important for him recovering from a broken ankle than conditioning.
“He’s going to be ready for us by opening day,” Cashman told Anthony McCarron of the New York Daily News. “He’ll be a restricted player for us early in camp, but all indications are very strong for a full and healthy recovery. We just have to wait for the healing process to complete itself.”
Added Cashman on the photo making it’s rounds, “The one thing you don’t have to worry about is Derek Jeter. The bottom line is, the most important thing Derek can do right now is rest. When you’re dealing with high-end competitors, trying to make sure they stay off that foot – we lived through that (last season) with Andy Pettitte…You can’t speed up the healing process. Right now, doctor’s orders are rest.
“There’s nothing about Derek Jeter that I have to worry about, other than rest.”
It’s as simple as that. Ankle injuries aren’t easy to get over in some cases so Jeter being off his feet is important right now. Naturally that’ll negatively impact his conditioning, but as soon as the doctors give him the go ahead we can expect him to kick it up a notch to prepare for the season.
I’m still not as sold as Cashman is that Jeter will be ready for Opening Day, but the one thing we know is that when Jeter is ready for regular season games, he’ll be in great shape.