Derek Jeter says his surgically repaired left ankle feels good and he expects to be the New York Yankees' starting shortstop on opening day.
Jeter was at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night to surprise more than 500 children from New York City at his Turn 2 Foundation's holiday party. It was his first public visit to the Bronx since having surgery in late October to repair the ankle he broke in Game 1 of the AL championship series against the Detroit Tigers.
Looking trim and walking with a restrictive boot on his left foot, Jeter made several jokes about a photograph published last week in a New York tabloid that made him appear overweight.
The Yankees' 38-year-old captain had been bothered by the ankle since mid-September but said it was his choice to play through the pain.