By Eric Schmidt

Although he might not appear in any New York Yankees spring training games, veteran shortstop Derek Jeter hopes to be ready for Opening Day. Jeter has been rehabbing from an ankle injury he suffered last October. He underwent surgery to his ankle and has had a metal plate and screws inserted in his ankle.

Jeter spoke to reporters on Sunday and said that he hopes to ready for the Yankees opener in April. “I broke my ankle in October. It’s been quite some time. I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Up until this point, the ankle has healed perfectly. Now, it’s just a matter of getting everything else in shape.”

Jeter could become a free agent after this season if the Yankees decide not to exercise an $8-million dollar option on his contract.

Jeter did not learn until Sunday that Alex Rodriguez has no plans to attend Yankees camp this spring while he is rehabbing from his offseason hip surgery. Jeter said his absence will be “weird”. “It’s going to be weird. He’s been a part of this teams since 2004. It’s going to be awkward.”

The veteran shortstop appeared in 159 games for the Yankees last season and posted a career high 683 at bats. He collected the second highest number of hits in his career, 216 while posting a .316 batting average.

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