One thing Derek Jeter never did during the regular season was get healthy. That was evident to anybody who watched him play and made even more evident by the quickness with which he landed back on the DL every time he did try to come back.
Now that the season is over and he's had time to rest his injured ankle, it sounds like Jeter is finally healthy again, or at least damn close. Joe confirmed to the media earlier this week that Jeter has started his offseason workouts, which he wasn't even close to starting at this time last year. It's just preliminary conditioning stuff, and Joe did say Jeter won't begin baseball activities until January, but that's still a great sign. A few months of regular conditioning work are what Jeter needs to try to regain his lower body strength.
If that wasn't enough good news, Bryan Hoch reported last night that CC Sabathia has also gotten over the hamstring strain that ended his 2013 season and has started throwing again. You'll remember that CC's regular offseason throwing routine was disturbed by his elbow surgery and those delays could have had something to do with his year-long struggles.
Sabathia and Jeter are 2 players the Yankees need bounce back years from if they're going to contend in 2014. Knowing that they're both healthy enough in early November to start their offseason workout programs is a positive step towards those bounce back goals.
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