"He's doing fine," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "All the boots are off. He's allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he's not doing any running. He's at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he's doing some walking underwater."
Jeter had surgery on October 20th after fracturing his left ankle while diving for a ground ball in game one of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. After surgery, doctors expected Jeter's recovery to take roughly four to five months.
"Sometime in mid-to-late January, he'll be cleared for some baseball activities; hitting and fielding," said Cashman. "He won't be doing any running until the very back end of this. That's the plan so far, and he's doing well."
The 38 year-old All-Star hit .316 with 15 home runs and 58 RBI last season, leading the Yankees to the postseason and finishing seventh in the American League MVP race.
Though the recovery process is being taken day-by-day at this point, both Jeter and Cashman expect the Yankees Captain to be the team's starting shortstop on Opening Day, April 1st, when the Yankees face their division rival, the Boston Red Sox.
"Jeter was always expected to be behind in Spring Training," said Cashman, "and he's always been expected to be 100 percent ready to go as our starting shortstop when the regular season starts."
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