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Derek Jeter '100 percent healed' and set to return

03/08/2013 2:19 PM ET
By Jon Lane

Derek Jeter expects to be in the lineup for Opening Day.(AP)
Derek Jeter is ready for action.

The New York Yankees' shortstop and captain took at-bats against Andy Pettitte during a simulated game on Friday in Tampa, Fla., and subsequently told reporters his fractured ankle is "100 percent healed."

Jeter could actually play as soon as Saturday and planned on speaking with manager Joe Girardi to discuss when he can make his Spring Training debut. The Yankees are in Tampa to play the Atlanta Braves on Saturday (YES, 1 p.m.), in Dunedin on Sunday to face the Toronto Blue Jays and back in Tampa on Monday to host the St. Louis Cardinals (YES, 1 p.m.).

Once Jeter is in the lineup, the plan is to start him off as a designated hitter and give him two at-bats.

"As soon as I can play [in a game,] I will play," Jeter said.

Jeter had ankle surgery in October after he was injured in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. On Thursday, he visited Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the surgery, for a checkup and was cleared for baseball activities.

"It was scheduled before I started playing games to get the final OK," Jeter said. "There has been a process of a few doctors visits and tests to see how it was coming along. Last time I went there it wasn't completely healed, but now it is.

"It is always reassuring to have someone say that something that was broke is not broken anymore. Now, it is just getting through the normal aches and pains that come around it, as long as you know a break has healed, the aches and pains go away in time."

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