The New York Yankees finally received good news as captain Derek Jeter cleared a check up with Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina Thursday. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, Yankees’ head coach Joe Girardi announced Thursday that Derek Jeter received “final clearance” to return to full action.
The 38-year-old shortstop is coming off one of his best seasons in recent years before breaking his left ankle in the playoffs. Jeter finished the regular season with a.316 batting average, 15 home runs and 58 runs batted in.
Jeter also led the MLB in hits with 216. Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera was second with 205. 2012 was Jeter’s best season dating back to 2009, when he hit.334 with 18 homers and 66 RBIs.
The Yankees have been desperate for good news, as earlier this week they were informed that Mark Teixeira will be out for 8-10 weeks. The Texeira setback came a few short weeks after centerfielder Curtis Granderson broke his right forearm while being hit by a pitch against the Toronto Blue Jays. Granderson is not expected to return until the first week of May.
Derek Jeter is focused on returning to the field and helping his team beginning April 1 on Opening Day. Yankees GM Brian Cashman mentioned earlier in the week that Jeter could play as early as this Sunday, though I doubt he will take the field.
Jeter has embraced the Big Apple ever since joining the Yankees in 1996 for his first full season. One of the most respected players in baseball, no fan base has embraced a player like the Yankees’ fans have Jeter.
New York City didn’t just unleash a great ballplayer, but also turned that ballplayer into a star. This star will eventually be known as a legend when he hangs up his pinstripes for good.
The Yankees’ captain has won five World Series, five Gold Gloves, and selected to 13 all-star games. If that’s not enough for you, Jeter has won five Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and was the 28th player in Major League Baseball history to record 3,000 hits in a career.
With key injuries to Granderson and Teixeira, the Yankees will look to Juan Rivera and Dan Johnson at first base while Melky Mesa will get a strong look in the outfield.
April 1 is just around the corner, and the Yankees are ready to erase last year’s drought in the playoffs. Derek Jeter cleared his check-in with doctors and is ready to give the talented AL East a run for its money starting Opening Day.