Buzzing on Yahoo Sports:

Big League Stew

Derek Jeter vows to return to the Yankees: ‘I have no doubt I’ll be back’

Mike Oz
Big League Stew

View photo



New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter talked to the media on Thursday, speaking publicly for the first time since it was revealed his injured ankle would keep him out of baseball even longer than anticipated.

Last week, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter would be out until at least the All-Star break. Jeter, however, wasn't throwing around any dates when he spoke.

He did say this: "I have no doubt I'll be back."

[Also: Yankees may give up on plan to reduce payroll]

Jeter, 38, is recovering from a broken ankle suffered in last year's ALCS. Doctors, last week, discovered a small crack in the area of his previous injury. He was originally hoping to be ready for opening day. Then he was eyeing a May 1 return. On Thursday, Jeter just told reporters "soon."

"I'm not giving a timeline. Last timeline I set I didn't make. I don't want to disappoint myself ... I have a lot of confidence that the bone is going to heal and I'll be back out there playing again."

Jeter is wearing a walking boot these days, but didn't wear it to the press conference. Doctors previously told Jeter he didn't need another surgery, just time for his ankle to fully heal.

Without Jeter, the Yankees — also missing Alex Rodriguez, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira — are 11-9 and in third place in the AL East.

Baseball is back. Don't miss anything.
Follow @MikeOz and @bigleaguestew, on Twitter, along with the BLS Facebook page.

Baseball video from Yahoo! Sports:

Other popular content on Yahoo! Sports:
MLB Power Rankings: Rangers climb near top
NFL draft first-round winners and losers
Manti Te'o, Geno Smith headline Day 2 NFL draft prospect list
Magic Johnson gives up on Lakers' chances

Win cash prizes, pick a fantasy roster for just one day, join in minutes!

Learn how to play

Contest Entries Entry Fee Prizes Starts (EDT)
NFL $350K Baller [$50K to 1st] 13323/39773 $10 $350000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NFL $40K Tournament [Single Entry] 2751/9091 $5 $40000 Sunday 1:00 PM Enter
NBA $6K Tournament [$600 to 1st] 256/6818 $1 $6000 Tomorrow 7:00 PM Enter
View Comments (33)