The New York Yankees have been dealing with injuries for most of the spring, and today, General Manager Brian Cashman all but confirmed that shortstop Derek Jeter will begin the 2013 campaign on the disabled list.
Cashmam: “The season’s coming quicker than that leg’s going to be ready.” Hopes Jeter can play by April 6.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughSL) March 24, 2013
Cashman on Jeter:
“He won’t play for the next two days. We’ll obviously just have to continue to respond to how he feels. I think he felt really good from the shot but this continues to tell you it’s just not ready yet for the full duties. It’s looking more likely than not that he will start the season on the DL and the more realistic goal is, I think, April 6. That’s all I can tell you right now. He’s a little sore.”
Jeter, who underwent surgery on his ankle this off-season, has played in five spring games this year, posting a .273/.333/.364 line in just 12 plate appearances. The Yankees decided to keep Jeter out of major league spring games in hopes they can activate him in time for an April 6th game against the Detroit Tigers. Jeter, who was given a cortisone shot for his ailing ankle Wednesday, appeared in a minor league game Saturday, going 0 for 4.
In his place, New York will likely go with Eduardo Nunez to start the year at short.
The Bronx Bombers are already missing Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira for the first two months of the season, while A-Rod is out until at least the All-Star Break.