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New York Yankees SS Derek Jeter Remains Confident He Can Return to Form in 2014

October 22nd, 2013 at 3:59 AM
By Karen Vankat

Despite the worst year of his career in 2013 New York Yankees Captain Derek Jeter is excited about this being a "normal winter" for him.

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The 39-year old shortstop believes his usual winter training program will help round him back into a solid player once again. Jeter himself believed the 2013 season was a complete nightmare with four stints on the DL with various injuries

According to MLB.com Derek spoke candidly at the end of the regular season stating, "I haven't been able to work out my legs or lift my legs since October of last year. The first time it broke in the ACLS, you can't do anything weight-bearing and you can't work out. Then I was cleared in Spring Training and it was only a couple of weeks before I had the second incident. I really think it's just from a lack of strength and I think just having a normal offseason, getting back to being able to work out, no one foresees any other issues."

New York contended the constant pounding on the ankle without being completely strengthened weakened it enough to cause a new fracture, quadriceps strain and calf strain.

Jeter is almost certain to exercise his $9.5 million player option for the 2014 season when the Yankee icon turns 40. So, though the organization is saying the proper things in reference to Jeter it would be in their best interest to have some sort of back up plan at that position moving forward.

Brendan Ryan who was picked up in September opened some eyes defensively during the stretch run of the 2013 season, but he has a weak bat.

There have been rumblings that maybe Jeter would change positions like to third base (especially if Alex Rodriguez is suspended) or outfield. General manager Brian Cashman has said since the season concluded on numerous occasions he foresees Jeter only at shortstop or DH. Manager Joe Girardi also agrees that a full off season to strengthen Derek's legs may propel him to his 2012 form.

Jeter himself truly believes that with a full offseason of working out and getting his full strength back he can continue to play at a high level at shortstop for another season.

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Tags: Baseball, Brian Cashman, Derek Jeter, Joe Girardi, MLB, New York, New York Yankees

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