During his regular appearance Friday on ESPN New York radio, Decker said he definitely will be ready by the start of 2017.
"I'm not worried about missing any time next year," Decker said. "I'll be fine by the start of next year."
Decker just underwent hip surgery, and still has to undergo shoulder surgery, to repair a partially torn rotator cuff. Total recovery time is about 14 months according to reports we had this week but Decker thinks he can be back in time for 2017.