Derek Jeter had a miserable offseason he would rather forget.
Not only did the New York Yankees captain not win another World Series ring, his season ended when he had to be helped off the field because of a broken ankle.
“Absolutely terrible,” Jeter said in Tampa, Fla., Sunday, the spring training reporting day for New York’s positions players. “Mentally it was rough, too, but more physical. I was stuck on the couch for a good five, six weeks where I couldn’t 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 the Detroit Tigers on Oct. 1, and had surgery a week later. He could start running on a field in the next couple days and expects to be ready for Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.
“Why wouldn’t it be realistic?” Jeter said. “I’m right where I’m supposed to be. Opening Day, yeah, it’s been a goal all along.”
Chicago White Sox slugger Paul Konerko knows the end of his playing career is in sight. He just doesn’t know how close that might be.
Konerko, 36, said he has not made any plans beyond this season, his 15th with the White Sox. Konerko, the last remaining member from the team that won the World Series title in 2005, says he has considered life after baseball and he’s “not afraid of that. I’m not scared of it.”
Konerko says younger teammates tease him about being the old man in the clubhouse. He has 422 career homers — 415 with the White Sox — and is approaching several team records held by Frank Thomas.
Konerko spoke to the media before the White Sox held their first full-squad workout of spring training in Glendale, Ariz.
Injuries and inconsistency plagued Carl Crawford during his two seasons in Boston. Playing in one of the toughest environments in baseball didn’t help his confidence much, either.
Now he’s ready to show the Los Angeles Dodgers and the rest of baseball that he can again be the player who was a four-time All-Star before those two lost seasons in Boston.
Crawford was a top-notch outfielder during his nine seasons with Tampa Bay, setting him up for a $142 million, seven-year, free-agent contract with the Red Sox.
After struggling for two seasons in Boston, Crawford was traded to the Dodgers last August in a blockbuster deal. Coming off elbow surgery, he enters spring training feeling as though he’s gotten a fresh start in Los Angeles.
Colorado first baseman Todd Helton apologized for his drunken-driving arrest, saying following the Rockies’ first full-squad workout at spring training in Scottsdale, Ariz., that he had never done it before.
Helton acknowledged he got behind the wheel after drinking.
The longtime face of the franchise, Helton was arrested Feb. 6 near Denver and charged with driving under the influence and careless driving.
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 swinging Saturday.