It’s official. The Yankee Captain’s surgically repaired left ankle is keeping him from playing on Opening Day!
Yankees Captain Derek Jeter confirmed yesterday what was being WHISPERED THROUGHOUT MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL FOR A FEW WEEKS … he was going to spend Opening Day on the Disabled List.
“Of course it’s disappointing,” Jeter said. ” … my goal was to be ready on Opening Day … and I didn’t reach it.”
Jeter received treatment on his ankle Tuesday for the third consecutive day after experiencing a setback on Sunday. The team scheduled a similar regimen for today. After that, they would re-evaluate. General Manager Brian Cashman had set April 6 as a new target date for Jeter’s debut.
“When he’s ready, we’ll welcome him back with open arms,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said.
Jeter needs to show he can play in back-to-back, nine-inning games before the team can recall him. Jeter himself shied away from predictions.“I’m going to stop putting dates on it,” he said. As Jeter described the situation, he “ran out of days” in his rehabilitation from ankle surgery. His ultimate goal, to return healthy for the season, remained in sight. It was just delayed. “As hard as it is sometimes, you’ve got to look at the big picture,” he said. “My goal was to be ready for Opening Day. But my goal also was to be ready for the season. I pushed it to try to get there Opening Day, and it didn’t work out.”
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