The New York Yankees are fresh off a disastrous spring. As they move on, they are awaiting the return of their leader Derek Jeter who is still fighting with his ankle issue.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi told ESPN that Jeter needs a full “reset” before moving forward. Jeter is currently not with the team. He remained in Tampa, Florida to continue his rehab process. Jeter took the field as a designated hitter in a minor league game on March 23.
On March 24, he realized that the ankle that he fractured in the 2012 post-season was still prone to pain. The setback in his comeback is what kept him from his desired return on Opening Day.
“I know he was so geared on being here Opening Day that he had to work really hard to get to that point and just wasn’t quite ready, so I’m not necessarily surprised,” Girardi said on Friday. “Our hope was he would be here Opening Day, and it just didn’t work out. I think they’re spending some time strengthening it more, so hopefully the next time he goes out on the field he doesn’t go through the same thing.”
The Yankees want him back as soon as possible but they seem to be adamanat about not rushing him back to early.
“I think our hope is to get him out on the field soon,” Girardi said.
“I don’t think you could say it’s going to be playing three or four games and he’ll be back. He’s going to have to go through somewhat of a spring training,” Girardi said. “Position players always tell you they don’t need six weeks. Pitchers do. How many weeks he needs, I think it depends on how he bounces back each day when he goes out and plays.”
“I have not thrown out a date. My date is, Derek will be ready when he’s ready.”
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