MLB notebook: Jeter says offseason was 'absolutely terrible'

| Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, 7:24 p.m.

Derek Jeter had a miserable offseason he would rather forget.

Not only did the New York Yankees captain not win another World Series ring, his season ended when he had to be helped off the field because of a broken ankle.

“Absolutely terrible,” Jeter said Sunday, the spring training reporting day for New York's position players. “Mentally, it was rough, too, but more physical. I was stuck on the couch for a good five, six weeks where I couldn't really move around too much. I had a little scooter to move around. It was not fun.”

The 38-year-old broke his left ankle lunging for a grounder in the AL Championship Series opener against Detroit on Oct. 1 and had surgery a week later. He could start running on a field in the next couple days and expects to be ready for Opening Day against Boston on April 1.

Helton apologizes

Calling his recent drunk driving arrest a “monumental mistake,” Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton fought tears as he apologized Sunday and asked for forgiveness at the start of spring training.

Helton was arrested Feb. 6 on charges of DUI and careless driving.

“Obviously, the last place I want to be on the first day of spring training is here talking about a mistake I made,” Helton said. “Last week, I got behind the wheel of my truck after I had drank. All I can do now is apologize and ask for forgiveness. I spoke to my teammates today, and they were very supportive.”

Helton didn't elaborate when asked about what kind of help he will receive.

Konerko discusses future

White Sox slugger Paul Konerko knows the end of his playing career is in sight. He just doesn't know how close that might be.

Konerko, 36, said he has not made plans beyond this season, his 15th with Chicago. Konerko, the last remaining member from the White Sox team that won the World Series in 2005, says he has considered life after baseball and he's “not afraid of that. I'm not scared of it.”

Konerko said younger teammates tease him about being the old man in the clubhouse. He has 422 career homers — 415 with the White Sox — and is approaching several team records held by Frank Thomas.

Konerko spoke to the media before the White Sox held their first full-squad workout of spring training.

Clemens-Piazza saga

Roger Clemens shrugged off Mike Piazza's comments in his autobiography that he took karate lessons after he was beaned by the pitcher, just in case they had another confrontation.

The former New York Mets catcher discussed Clemens in his autobiography “Long Shot.”

Clemens, at spring training as a special instructor with the Houston Astros in Kissimmee, Fla., discussed the book Sunday.

Swisher back in camp

Nick Swisher returned to his first spring training with the Cleveland Indians after attending his mother's funeral in Ohio.

Swisher said that it was comforting to be back around his teammates. He had left the club Thursday following the death of his mother, Lillian Marie Malizia, who died in Columbus, Ohio, from leukemia. She was 63.

Tigers' Boesch hurt

Detroit outfielder Brennan Boesch tweaked an oblique muscle in his right side and expects to miss a day or two of spring training.

Boesch says he hurt himself while swinging Saturday. Manager Jim Leyland had no information on a timetable for Boesch's return.

Boesch, 27, is in the middle of a crucial spring training camp. He was left off Detroit's postseason roster last year after hitting .240, and although the Tigers signed him to a $2.3 million deal to avoid arbitration, his spot on the big league club isn't secure.

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