Derek Jeter’s left ankle is going to be fine.
It’s the rest of his team I’m worried about.
Jeter, whom you last saw writhing in pain on the Yankee Stadium infield last October, fielded about 80 ground balls at the Yankees’ minor league complex Monday. He did so with minimal lateral movement. He stutter-stepped and set his feet, as if throwing to first base, but didn’t actually deliver the baseball.
Jeter said this was normal, no different than his routine any other spring. He expects to be ready for Opening Day.
“I’m right where I need to be,” he said.
Jeter being Jeter, we’ll take him at his word.