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Derek Jeter: I'll be ready and I'm not fat

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees

Derek Jeter #2 of the New York Yankees warms up before game one of the American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers at Yankee Stadium on Saturday, October 13 2012 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac) (Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Derek Jeter wants you to know his broken left ankle will be ready to go for the start of the season.

And he's not fat.

The Yankee captain appeared on the Michael Kay show on ESPN radio to address his health in the wake of a season-ending injury and in the aftermath of a recent New York Post cover purporting to show an overweight Jeter with the headline “Derek Eater.”

“People were telling me I looked like I lost a lot of weight, and two days later I was on the front page of the New York Post,” Jeter said.

“I'm not battling with the New York Post. It's a no-win situation. I guess they do what they do, they had fun with it. But I had a lot of messages from a lot of different people asking me what I've been doing.”

Jeter is in Florida rehabbing his left ankle after breaking it while trying to dive for a ball in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. He's in a walking boot for the next several weeks, he said, and hasn't been able to move much for the last six or seven weeks. But he said the injury is “healing probably just as expected” and he left no doubt where he'll be once the season begins.

“I'll be ready,” Jeter said.

When he does take to the diamond, it will likely be without Alex Rodriguez, who will have surgery in January to fix a torn labrum and bone impingement and correct a cyst. But Jeter said he's not worried about the loss of his infield mate.

“We've never been a team that relied on one particular person, so there's no reason we can't be a great team,” he said.

Jeter called Andy Pettitte and Mariano Rivera, who've recently been re-added to the Yankees fold, “brothers.”

“These are guys I've played with for a long time,” he said. “You know what to expect from them. I'm happy to be playing one more year with them.”

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