Derek Jeter‘s road to recovery took another step in the right direction. The Yankees shortstop expects to be on the field Monday which is about a month before pitchers and catchers even report to camp. At his Turn 2 Foundation event, he talked briefly about his off-season workouts saying they were “real good.”
Jeter has used this off-season to make sure he comes back much stronger and is “anxious” to get back on the field. “I started working out at the beginning of November, so it’s been a while.” Luckily he hasn’t had any set backs but this is the first big step in his full recovery. After a rough season, he has put in a lot of work to be ready and is really “…looking forward to getting out there.”
Derek Jeter’s 2013 season is one he would like to forget going forward. As a result of rushing back from a major ankle injury suffered in the 2012 postseason, Jeter made four separate trips to the disabled list while appearing in just 17 games. His ankle was a result of two of these stints. The other two were caused by a quad strain and a calf strain.
Jeter is just two years removed from one of his best seasons. In 2012, he hit .316 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI. He had well over 200 hits and played in 159 games. The typical Derek Jeter season. With 2013 now in the rear view mirror, he can focus on proving many people wrong by being a productive hitter again.
If there is one player with the determination to overcome anything, it’s Derek Jeter. After having a season like 2013, he has worked harder than ever to prepare himself for a durable 2014 campaign. One thing is for sure, he will make sure his name is penciled in to that lineup come opening day.