There has been some debate as to whether or not Derek Jeter will be ready to start the season on time. The initial diagnosis suggested that he would be at least slightly behind and then manager Joe Girardi said he didn’t expect Jeet to be ready for Opening Day. However, Brian Cashman came out a week after Girardi and said that Jeter would be a bit behind to start spring training, but would indeed be ready by Opening Day.
For the first time Derek Jeter is actually chiming in and he said he expects to be ready.
“It’s been a long process,” Jeter told Michael Kay on his ESPN Radio show. “What’s it been, six or seven weeks, where I haven’t been able to move too much? But it’s healing probably just as expected. We still got a long way to go before the season starts but I’ll be ready.”
“When you think about it, you take a few weeks off when the season’s over, so quite honestly, I’m not behind schedule on anything right now.”
He’s still wearing the boot and without being specific about it Jeter it could be another month or two before he takes it off. He’s an older player and ankle injuries can be tricky so despite what he says healing in time to be ready is not a total given. Still, it’s nice to hear that he expects to be ready for Opening Day. With A-Rod out it sure would help the Yankees.