Derek Jeter expected to begin year on disabled list
Derek Jeter’s surgically repaired left ankle was too sore to play in a Minor League game today and he will rest for the next two days, according to general manager Brian Cashman, who said it is looking more and more realistic that the Yankees shortstop will need to begin the year on the disabled list.
Cashman said that the reality of the situation is beginning to sink in to Jeter and that April 6 is being looked at as the new goal to get Jeter in a big league game. Cashman said that the Yankees need to see Jeter being able to play every day without discomfort and as a shortstop before they would have him on the active roster.
“We’ll obviously just have to continue to respond to how he feels,” Cashman said. “I think he felt really good from the [cortisone] shot, but this continues to tell you that it’s just not ready yet for the full duties. Obviously it’s looking more likely than not that he will start the season on the DL and a more realistic goal is April 6th.”
The Yankees have not fielded an Opening Day lineup without Jeter since 2001, when Luis Sojo filled in at shortstop while Jeter was mending a quadriceps injury. Cashman said that the Yankees can go with Eduardo Nunez at shortstop until Jeter returns.