Yankees’ Derek Jeter won’t be ready for Opening Day
The injury-ravaged New York Yankees simply can’t catch a break as now shortstop Derek Jeter has all but been ruled out for Opening Day as he works his way back from a broken ankle suffered in last year’s ALCS against Detroit.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that Jeter is likely to begin the season on the disabled list, but the goal is to have him on April 6. Jeter will be shut down for the next two days after feeling soreness in his surgically-repaired left ankle following a minor league game Saturday. He’ll be re-evaluated at that point to determine when he can return to game action. Jeter seems likely to spend plenty of time in the DH slot when he is ready to return,
“The season’s coming quicker than that leg’s going to be ready,” Cashman said.
Jeter, who had only 11 at-bats in major-league spring training before his setback, likely will play only in minor-league games so the Yankees can preserve the right to backdate him if he has to start the season on the DL. That would mean he’d have to miss only the first four games.
“I will not address how anything feels anymore,” Jeter said. “It’s good. It’s not broken. Some things you’ve got to work through. It’s really pointless to sit here and say each and every day, ‘How’s it feel? Does it feel better?’ It’s pointless. Some days are good, some days are bad, but you’ve got to work through it. That’s what I’m going to do.”
Jeter broke his ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS in October. If he starts the season on the disabled list, he will join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson as Yankees stars on the shelf instead of the field. Eduardo Nunez is slated to replace Jeter at shortstop. New York opens the season April 1 against the rival Red Sox.