Derek Jeter reiterated that he expects to be ready by Opening Day.
"I do," Jeter told the Daily News at the Yankees' facility in Tampa. "I feel good. I am where I need to be (physically). I am right where I should be."
Jeter confirmed he is still mostly rehabbing his surgically-repaired right ankle in the water. He is not running yet on dry ground and has yet to begin baseball activities. He said he is not behind his regular offseason routine.
"I feel good about it," Jeter told the News. "Why wouldn't I?"
• In case you missed it, Wally Matthews and I wrote a Jeter series last week.
You can read Wally's column on Jeter's prospects for 2013 here. My column on the conundrum of his contract after '13 is here. There's also Wally's look at who may replace Jeter. And, finally, an update on Eduardo Nunez's prospects.
QUESTION: What do you expect from Jeter in 2013?