Derek Jeter is still off his feet following last month's ankle surgery, but Brian Cashman says the shortstop's rehab remains on schedule.

Jeter, who suffered a fractured left ankle during Game 1 of the ALCS, is expected to be ready for Opening Day despite a shortened workout program this winter.

"All I can go by is what the doctors say; he just has to take the time to heal up and get it going," Cashman said. "I don't know what he does in December, anyway, to get ready. He might relax. I've seen pictures of him in Anguilla before on TMZ, so maybe he wont be on TMZ in a Speedo. Once he's healthy, we'll get him going and he'll be back on track."

Cashman said the ankle injury would prevent Jeter from taking part in the World Baseball Classic, an event he participated in for Team USA in both 2006 and 2009.



RETURN ENGAGEMENTS

Cashman expects to work out a new contract with Mariano Rivera, who informed the GM last week that he wants to pitch again in 2013. The time frame for a deal, however, remains to be seen.

"He obviously wants to be here, and we want him back," Cashman said. "That's the hard part. So I'm confident we'll be able to work through the issues, whatever they are."

Cashman also said he hopes to have Hiroki Kuroda back for a second season in the Bronx whether the pitcher accepts the team's $13.3 million qualifying offer by Friday's deadline or not.

"I would like to have Hiroki Kuroda back," Cashman said. "He's been a pro. He was arguably our best pitcher. He had a great year. I've been after him for a long time, and I'm hoping it wasn't just a short-term, one-year situation for us. He's a good man and I'd love to have him back."