Derek Jeter expects to be ready for opening day
In this Oct. 14, 2012, file photo, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reacts after injuring himself in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League championship series against the Detroit Tigers in New York. Jeter ran Monday, Feb. 11, 2013, for the first time since breaking his left ankle in October, another step toward being in the Yankees' lineup on opening day. (AP / Paul Sancya, File)
Published Sunday, February 17, 2013 2:11PM EST
TAMPA -- New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter could start running on the field in the next couple days for the first time since ankle surgery and still expects to be ready for opening day.
The captain met with reporters on Sunday, which was the reporting day for New York's position players.
The 38-year-old Jeter broke his left ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 13, and had surgery a week later.
The 13-time All-Star thinks he will play in his first exhibition game sometime after the next couple weeks.
Jeter says the ankle has healed, and that the challenge now is to get back into baseball shape.