Inbox: Will Jeter be ready for Opening Day?

Inbox: Will Jeter be ready for Opening Day?

Inbox: Will Jeter be ready for Opening Day?
Do you have an update on Derek Jeter? Will he be ready for the season?
-- Manny P., New York

Jeter is still recovering from right ankle surgery and is going to be non-weight bearing until January -- apparently, he's been spotted hobbling into a few Starbucks in the Tampa, Fla., area on crutches, so a lack of mobility hasn't stopped him from getting his daily caffeine fix.

It has been confirmed that the injury is going to knock Jeter out of playing for the United States in the World Baseball Classic, but the Yankees believe he should be ready to handle shortstop duties on Opening Day.

Joe Girardi said last week that Jeter's status will be something the Yanks keep a close eye on this spring; they'll be making sure his defensive range and speed on the bases aren't affected. But once the bone heals, there's no reason to think Jeter can't be the same player.

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