Yankees SS Derek Jeter to be ready on Opening Day

The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Yankees SS Derek Jeter is still on target to be ready to go for Opening Day 2013.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told reporters, including Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York, that shortstop and team captain Derek Jeter will "be ready on Opening Day."

"It's all in the doctors' hands right now," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "But he'll be ready on Opening Day."

Jeter underwent surgery to repair his fractured left ankle on Oct. 20. The shortstop is now out of the walking boot he’s been sporting since the procedure, and he’s once again able to wear regular shoes. While he’s not running in the normal fashion yet, Jeter has been using an underwater treadmill and was recently seen riding a bicycle near his home in Florida.

Still, Jeter has yet to be cleared for any baseball-related activities, something that is unlikely to happen before mid-to-late January, according to Matthews.

Prior to his injury in the American League Championship Series, Jeter was in the midst of another impressive season. The 38-year-old hit .316/.362/.429 with 32 doubles and 15 home runs over 683 at-bats for the Yankees in 2012.

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