Derek Jeter just wrapped up his pregame news conference, the first time he has spoken with the media since we learned he reinjured his ankle. He will be out for an additional length of time, possibly until after the All-Star break.
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Here are three quick impressions from Jeter's nearly 20-minute session with reporters:
1. Confident as ever: Jeter fully expects to be back on the field this season (although he wouldn't reveal a target date for his return), and he expects to be as good a player as he was before the injury, despite the fact that he will turn 39 in June.
"No doubt," Jeter said. "When you have doubt, that's when you're in trouble. I've been told this bone will heal, and when it heals I'll be ready to go."
2. The end is not near: Retirement is not on Jeter's mind.
"Me breaking my ankle, it wasn't just because I was getting older, it was a freak thing," Jeter said. "It'd be a little bit different if my body started breaking down. Then you might think about, I don't know how much longer I can do this. But this is just a freak thing that happened."
3. In good spirits: Despite the fact that he hates talking about injuries, Jeter smiled often and even yukked it up a little with the large crowd of reporters.
Jeter said he remains upset and frustrated that he can't play right now, but was happy to be back with the team in New York, and plans to stay for at least the 10-game homestand that begins Thursday.
"Man, I've been stuck in the training room [in Tampa, Fla.,] for pretty much the last -- what, when did the team leave? I don't even know how many weeks, where I've been going to the training room and doing physical therapy and rehab," Jeter said. "This is the first time I've been out of there for quite some time. So I'm just happy to be out of there."
The funniest part of the news conference was when a reporter asked Jeter for his impressions of the team's play without him so far this season.
"I don't have the MLB package at my house, so I haven't been able to see -- you're laughing, but I really don't have it at my house, so a lot of these games I can't see," Jeter said.