Derek Jeter wants to be ready for Opening Day this year. Jeter already expects to play in the Opening Day game for the New York Yankees as he continues to complete his offseason rehab assignment. According to a report from Sunday (Feb. 17), Jeter will also be playing a lighter schedule in Spring Training to insure that his left ankle injury doesn't flare up again.
Jeter still isn't ready to participate fully in games and won't appear in the first few exhibition games for the Yankees this spring. The report states that Jeter had to have plates and screws inserted into his shattered ankle to help mend it. There had been rumors that he made the injury worse by playing with a bad bone bruise, but the captain of the Yankees appears to have no regrets in taking the field during the postseason.
The 2012 MLB season was another great one for Jeter, including a .364 batting average that he posted in the divisional series. He had 683 at-bats over 159 games in the regular season, posting a .316 batting average to go with 99 runs, 216 hits, and 58 RBIs. It might be tough for him to duplicate those numbers in 2013, but he certainly needs to continue doing well to give the Yankees a good shot at the postseason again.
If Derek Jeter wants to be ready by Opening Day, the likelihood of that taking place seems to be pretty good.
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