Jeter has begun working out

Good news from Florida. Derek Jeter is out of his walking boot, still actually has a foot and has begun working out in preparation for the 2013 season. GM Brian Cashman confirmed that Jeter is well on his way to being ready in time for Opening Day. Via Bryan Hoch of

“He’s doing fine,” Cashman said. “All the boots are off. He’s allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he’s not doing any running. He’s at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he’s doing some walking underwater.

“Sometime in mid-to-late January, he’ll be cleared for some baseball activities; hitting and fielding. He won’t be doing any running until the very back end of this. That’s the plan so far, and he’s doing well.”

Jeter, who turns 39 (gasp!) in June, batted .316 in 2012. He hit 15 home runs, collected 58 RBIs in 159 games and he led the Major Leagues with 216 hits.