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Jeter: “I’m right where I need to be”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Misc on Jan 17, 2013 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Derek Jeter kicked off his Turn 2 Foundation’s celebrity golf tournament yesterday. Here’s the AP on what Jeter had to say about the state of his left ankle.

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter says he’s been cleared to start baseball activity in his recovery from a broken left ankle.

The 38-year-old team captain reiterated Wednesday that he is on track to be in New York’s starting lineup for the opener on April 1.

Jeter won’t take the field for workouts until later this month. The 13-time All-Star said that is his normal pre-spring training routine.

“I’ve got the OK to start,” Jeter said before a launch party for his Turn 2 Foundation Celebrity Golf Classic. “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.”

Jeter broke his ankle lunging for a grounder in Game 1 of the AL championship series against Detroit on Oct. 13. He had surgery a week later and the Yankees said recovery time would be four to five months.

“Great … the leg is good,” Jeter said.

Jeter had a resurgent season in 2012, leading the American League with 216 hits and batted .316 with 15 homers and 58 RBIs. He first injured his ankle in mid-September and then fouled balls off his foot several times after that.

The aging Yankees won the AL East last season and defeated Baltimore in the division series, then were swept by Detroit in the AL championship series.

“Too old or experienced?” Jeter said. “I’m pretty sure we’ll be competitive, and be right where we need to be.”

Jeter’s foundation has given out more than $17 million in grants since 1996 to organizations that help steer young people away from alcohol and drugs.

NOTES: Among those attending the event were Tampa Bay Rays senior adviser Don Zimmer, who is returning this year for 65th professional season. “As ready as I can get,” Zimmer said with a smile about the upcoming season. … Tino Martinez, hired during the offseason as the Miami Marlins’ hitting coach, is looking forward to working the team’s young hitters. “I thought for me, a first-year coach, it was a great situation to come in to, to work young players,” Martinez said. The former Yankees star, who also considered a coaching position with Boston during the offseason, said managing is something he may consider in the future.

 
 

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28 Responses to “Jeter: “I’m right where I need to be””

  1. MTU January 17th, 2013 at 7:07 pm

    “In terms of baseball activity, I’m right where I need to be.”

    Wunderbar.

    :)

  2. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    blake says:
    January 17, 2013 at 6:54 pm
    Wally says he has a source in Yanks org that says the Yanks ARE on Uptons no trade

  3. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    Not worried about Jeter…

  4. MTU January 17th, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Blake-

    Maybe that’s the holdup ?

    It takes time work out creative contracts with monetary deferrals.

    ;)

  5. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    Wallace Matthew:

    The Yankees had expressed an interest in Michael Morse, but never even got a callback from the Washington Nationals. Justin Upton, who is being shopped by the Arizona Diamondbacks, has them on his no-trade list, but according to a source, that is not really an obstacle.

    The real problem is that the Diamondbacks perused the menu of what the Yankees have to offer and saw nothing they wanted.

  6. Nick in SF January 17th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    Turnabout is fair play since Upton may be on Hal’s No Trade list too. #cheaphal

  7. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    But the fact that the Yankees apparently have little chance to snag Upton or Hairston leaves them with very limited prospects for upgrading the one glaring hole in their roster between now and Opening Day.

    “Hey, we’ve got between now and July 31 to get something done,’’ Cashman said. “I’m sure something will develop. It always does.’’

  8. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:30 pm

    So now, it seems like Scott Hairston, the 32-year-old journeyman who had a career season for the Mets last year, could be the only choice and all indications are that he would rather play just about anywhere but in the Bronx, if only because the Yankees can’t promise him an everyday gig. Hairston’s agent, Casey Close, did not immediately return a call seeking comment.

  9. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    Turnabout is fair play since Upton may be on Hal’s No Trade list too. #cheaphal

    ____________

    Hal may not be the problem on Upton. The lack of prospects or players that appeal to the Diamondbacks might be, according to Wallace Matthews.

    http://espn.go.com/blog/new-yo.....l-shopping

  10. sevrox January 17th, 2013 at 7:31 pm

    I can understand why the Yanks got rid of Dickerson – they got tired of reading his inane/banal ‘tweets’.

  11. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:32 pm

    Maybe that’s the holdup ?

    It takes time work out creative contracts with monetary deferrals.

    __________

    Not according to Wallace Matthews. Arizona just does not like what they see from the Yankees.

  12. RMS January 17th, 2013 at 7:34 pm

    “Hey, we’ve got between now and July 31 to get something done,’’ Cashman said. “I’m sure something will develop. It always does.’’

    =============================================================
    Look for an old right handed hitting outfielder. Too bad Andruw Jones is gone.

  13. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    The reports have been that the 4 teams on Uptons no trade are the Mariners, Red Sox, Cubs, and Blue Jays…..somebody is wrong

  14. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:39 pm

    The reports have been that the 4 teams on Uptons no trade are the Mariners, Red Sox, Cubs, and Blue Jays…..somebody is wrong

    ___________

    But Wallace Matthews does not see the no trade as an obstacle. It is lack of anything appealing in the Yankees stable:

    Justin Upton, who is being shopped by the Arizona Diamondbacks, has them on his no-trade list, but according to a source, that is not really an obstacle.

    The real problem is that the Diamondbacks perused the menu of what the Yankees have to offer and saw nothing they wanted.

  15. Tar January 17th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    “Not according to Wallace Matthews. Arizona just does not like what they see from the Yankees.”

    In other words Hals too cheap.

    Unless of course you believe a NY beat writer has inside info into Arizona’s Front office mind set.

    Sorry but I’m very skeptical of every thing “Yankee” I read these days.

  16. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:41 pm

    “Not according to Wallace Matthews. Arizona just does not like what they see from the Yankees.”

    That could be just posturing

  17. Pat M. January 17th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Towers doesn’t want to move Upton and is hoping that the pressure to do so wanes as camp grows closer. Nick in SF, I’ll be at Hass for the Cal UCLA game on Feb 14 and I’m hoping to find a nice hotel in Berkley, so if you have any suggestions let me know. Otherwise there’s a place in Jack London Square on the water that looks good. Flying up however we’ll ( wife ) be taking the Coast Starlighter train back . Valentine’s Day deal with the Boss.

  18. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    “Not according to Wallace Matthews. Arizona just does not like what they see from the Yankees.”

    In other words Hals too cheap.

    Unless of course you believe a NY beat writer has inside info into Arizona’s Front office mind set.

    Sorry but I’m very skeptical of every thing “Yankee” I read these days.

    _________

    I am sorry, but I do not know all of that gels. You have a right to be skeptical, but I just do not see it.

    The real problem is that the Diamondbacks perused the menu of what the Yankees have to offer and saw nothing they wanted.

    To me, that reads that the Yankees do not have anything the Diamondbacks want. There is nothing that says other teams must fawn over the Yankee’s offer and/or prospects.

  19. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Again I’m it sure who Wally’s source is….but MLBNETWORK and others have reported multiple times that the Yankees aren’t on the no trade

  20. There Will Never Be Another Mo January 17th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    “Not according to Wallace Matthews. Arizona just does not like what they see from the Yankees.”

    That could be just posturing

    ___________

    Or it could be the Yankees do not have anything the Diamondbacks want to move Upton. It does not fit the nice story that Hal is public enemy number one, believe me I do not like some of things going on, but to read into this that Hal is cheap based on Matthew’s report, as one other poster, just kind of speaks of reading into everything you want to see.

    I got to check out for a while. It is getting to the point of posting an article like this, people are going to read into it with their own agendas. Peace out.

  21. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    @KenDavidoff: Joba Chamberlain’s one-year deal with the #Yankees will pay him $1.875 million.

  22. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:47 pm

    “Or it could be the Yankees do not have anything the Diamondbacks want to move Upton”

    That’s possible of course….but I wouldn’t assume that because of Wally’s report

  23. Tar January 17th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    “To me, that reads that the Yankees do not have anything the Diamondbacks want. There is nothing that says other teams must fawn over the Yankee’s offer and/or prospects.”

    Great. To me that reads that someone wanted that story out there so you would read it that way. The “say’s fawning” part is your interjection that’s not really relevant.

    Me, I’ll remain skeptical.

  24. Tar January 17th, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    “Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez was found to have relatively minimal cartilage damage in his left hip during surgery this week, a person familiar with the diagnosis told The Associated Press.”

    Sorry if that was reported today, but that’s great news!!

    http://espn.go.com/new-york/ml.....eport-says

  25. blake January 17th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    That is great news about Alex if true

  26. theREALkevin January 17th, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    The Yankees have plenty of hitting prospects that would appeal to the D-Backs or any other team for that matter. If it’s true AZ isn’t enthralled about a potential Yankees package, my guess is that are looking for a pitcher that would be similar to the Taijuan Walker offer they got from the M’s, and they aren’t seeing that guy in the Yankees’ system. Hopefully the Yankees offer will still end up being the most attractive if the D-Backs do decide to move him.

  27. blake January 17th, 2013 at 8:15 pm

    @mikeaxisa: On the day he signed for $5.3M less than Hughes, here’s a reminder that NYY pulled the plug on Joba the SP after 43 starts. Nova’s made 62.

  28. austinmac January 17th, 2013 at 8:20 pm

    The cartilage was said to be the key for prognosis. That is great news.


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