TAMPA, Fla. – Derek Jeter had a miserable offseason he would rather forget after his season ended with a broken ankle.
Absolutely terrible, the Yankees captain said Sunday, the spring training reporting day for New Yorks positions players. Mentally it was rough, too, but more physical. I was stuck on the couch for a good five, six weeks where I couldnt really move around too much. I had a little scooter to move around. It was not fun.
The 38-year-old broke his left ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL championship series opener against Detroit on Oct. 1, and had surgery a week later. He could start running on a field this week and expects to be ready for opening day.
Why wouldnt it be realistic? Jeter said. Im right where Im supposed to be. Opening day, yeah, its been a goal all along.
Detroit outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked an oblique muscle in his right side and expects to miss a day or two of spring training.
Boesch says he hurt himself while swinging Saturday. Manager Jim Leyland had information on a timetable for Boeschs return.
Boesch is competing for time in left field with Andy Dirks and Quintin Berry.
Calling his recent drunken driving arrest a monumental mistake, Colorado first baseman Todd Helton fought tears as he apologized and asked for forgiveness.
Last week I got behind the wheel of my truck after I had drank, Helton said of his Feb. 8 arrest. All I can do now is apologize and ask for forgiveness. I spoke to my teammates today and they were very supportive.