Originally written on Sliding Into Home  |  Last updated 3/19/13
From Anthony Rieber: Jeter, who broke the ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS last October, said he didn't think the stiffness was going to stop him from playing for the Yankees in the April 1 season opener against the Red Sox. "Two weeks is plenty of time to get ready," he said. However, asked when he might get back on the field, Jeter said: "I don't know. I really don't know. I wish I had an answer for you. But I don't know. I'll play as soon as I can. If I can play tomorrow, I'll play tomorrow. If it's the next day, it's the next day. But the luxury is that it's spring training." ... General manager Brian Cashman said his level of concern on Jeter was "none." But the Yankees still sent the 38-year-old Captain to see Dr. Daniel Murphy. Results of that visit were not immediately announced. ""It's just part of the rehab of a broken ankle, which has its up and downs," Cashman said by telephone. "There's nothing new, as far as I'm concerned." ... Jeter said he wasn't concerned about that and didn't consider Tuesday's news a setback, though it's hard to see how it isn't when he felt the stiffness after not playing since a four-inning stint at short on Saturday. "I've had a lot of good days," Jeter said. "This is just something that happened today, so hopefully tomorrow it'll be a lot better. I don't think it's a setback." ... "I'm not concerned because I was told this was going to happen," Jeter said. "Maybe if I wasn't told it was going to happen, I'd be concerned. From everything that I've been told from the doctors, it's normal . . . It's just stiffness, but once again it's not in the part that I broke. It's around there. So that's why I'm not concerned. I was told, 'You're going to feel it - not necessarily the ankle, but around the ankle,' just because I've been in a boot for so long."I've seen people overreacting to this all day, and I'm not going to join that party. Jeter will be fine.
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