“NO DOUBT” JETER WILL RETURN THIS SEASON
Added by Gina Sorce on April 26, 2013.
New York Yankees captain and shortstop Derek Jeter held a press conference Thursday to discuss his process in recovering from a troublesome left ankle injury. At the news conference at Yankee Stadium, Jeter said that there is “no doubt” in his mind that he will return this season.
Yankee fans, you can breathe a sigh of relief.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Jeter said that his job is to be ready for the start of the season, and since he was still rehabbing when Opening Day rolled around, he felt that he didn’t do his job.
“My job was to be ready; unfortunately, I wasn’t,” Jeter said.
Jeter also noted that he has no regrets for not setting a specific date for when he would return to the Yankees lineup. Jeter’s ankle injury was serious, and rushing the recovery process would come back to haunt him later in the year.
Jeter said that his doctors have been trying different techniques to stimulate bone growth in his ankle, but again, time is the best medicine for his injury.
Well, the first month of the 2013 season is coming to a close, and despite all of the hype that the Yankees would have an unproductive season due to losing Jeter, Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez and Curtis Granderson to injury, the Yankees are third place in the American League East with 12-9 record and a winning percentage of .571.
Yes, there is still room for improvement, but it’s still early in the season. The Yankees are proving that they can still be a threat despite all of the talent that is on the disabled list. Robinson Cano, second baseman, leads the team with a .322 batting average. In addition, new Yankees and veterans Vernon Wells and Kevin Youkilis have been carrying the team and undoubtedly earning their pinstripes. After Cano, Wells and Youkilis have the second and third highest batting averages on the team.
Speaking of new Yankees, Travis Hafner has been impressing the organization and the fan base with his five home run blasts thus far in the season. Hafner has driven in 10 runs in 17 plate appearances, and has a respectable .300 batting average.
The Yankees can still contend. And once Jeter, Teixeira, Rodriguez, and Granderson return to the lineup, they are going to be one of the most feared teams in the American League East.
Well, Rodriguez won’t make much of a difference, but you get the point.