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Jeter on Track for Opening Day

January 8th, 2013 at 8:54 PM
By Bob Moseman

'Derek Jeter' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

Just a few days after getting a vote of confidence from legendary closer Mariano Rivera regarding his health for 2013, another integral part of the Yankees is looking like a go for opening day. Brian Cashman informs ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews that Yankees captain Derek Jeter will be at shortstop on Monday, April 1st when AL-East rival Boston Red Sox visit  for the April Fools' Day matinee.

“It's all in the doctors' hands right now,” Cashman said. “But he'll be ready on opening day.”

The 38-year-old Jeter has begun light cardiovascular activity in his road to recovery from a broken left ankle suffered in last years' game 1 of the ALCS against the Detroit Tigers. Offensively, the Yankees were never able to recover without Jeter's leadoff prowess in the series and the Tigers would advance to the World Series with relative ease.

He's not expected to begin baseball activities until later this month. In addition to an impressive .316 batting average in 2012, Jeter also finished with an MLB-best 216 hits. 

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