Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said there's "no question" he'd be ready to play by Opening Day after breaking his ankle in the ALCS. (Al Bello/Getty Images)
In his first comments since breaking his ankle during the ALCS, New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter said there was "no question" he would be ready for Opening Day and fired back at a New York tabloid that questioned whether he had gained weight during the offseason.
"I thought it was pretty funny," he said of the New York Post's "Derek Eater" cover on "The Michael Kay Show."
"I guess there's a lot of things you can do with a picture. The funny thing is, a day or two before that people were telling me I looked like a lost a lot of weight. And two days later I'm on the front page of the New York Post. So they had a little fun with it, but it's over and done with. I guess they do what they do."
Jeter said he would "be good to go" for the start of the season. He said he wasn't able to do much on the ankle for six to seven weeks. But he explained that it wasn't too much different from a normal offseason, in which players usually take a few weeks off before training.
"I'll be in the walking boot for another few weeks, and then I'll be good to go," Jeter said. "It's been a long process. What's it been, six or seven weeks, where I haven't been able to move too much? But it's healing probably just as expected. We still got a long way to go before the season starts, but I'll be ready."
The 39-year-old Jeter had his best season since 2009 last year, as he hit .316 with a .362 on-base percentage and 15 homers.