Yankees captain Derek Jeter met the media outside George M. Steinbrenner Field on Sunday and that he plans to be playing shortstop when the team opens the season on April 1 against the Red Sox in New York.
Jeter said that his surgically repaired left ankle will keep him out of the Yankees’ early exhibition games, but doesn’t believe that he will need all of Spring Training to get into baseball shape. He also revealed that his ankle now contains plates and screws, which he’ll keep, and said that he’s ready to move forward with his running program.
“I broke my ankle in October; it’s been quite some time,” Jeter said. “I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Up until this point, the ankle has healed perfectly, now it’s just a matter of getting everything else in shape.
“You’ve got to wait for the bone to heal before you can…
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It was about this time two years that Mark Teixeira arrived in camp and, with a straight face, said that he viewed the Yankees as underdogs. The Red Sox were stealing all of the headlines then, trumpeting the big signings of Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford (hey, those didn’t work out so well!), and Teixeira thought people were sleeping on the Yanks too much.
Fast forward to today, and suddenly we’re right back in the same conversation. The Yankees didn’t make much noise this past winter and the Blue Jays seem to be the new media darlings, so Teixeira wonders where the fanfare has been for the boys in the Bronx.
“I’m so excited. I really feel good about our team this year,” Teixeira said. “It’s actually fun when everyone else counts you out because it kind of makes guys want it a little bit more. Every year we want…
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