Jeter: Offseason was 'absolutely terrible'

TAMPA, Fla. -- Recovering from his broken left ankle, Derek Jeter spent the winter cruising around his 30,000-square foot mansion on a motor scooter.

The captain, known for being photographed by the paparazzi in exotic locations with his famous girlfriends in the offseason, was confined to his home and had to learn to walk again.

"My offseason was terrible," Jeter said at his standing-room-only news conference on the day position players reported to New York Yankees camp. "Absolutely terrible."

Jeter, 38, said he is now cleared to do every type of physical activity and expects to be ready on Opening Day. He has run on a treadmill and expects to do so on grass in the coming days. Before Jeter could run, he first needed to learn how to walk again.

"I don't want to make it sound more dramatic than it is, but you have to learn to walk again," Jeter said. "In that sense, physically, it was a challenge. Mentally, it was a challenge when you are sitting on the couch and you can't get anywhere. So I had a little scooter to move around. It was tough. It was not fun."

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