Derek Jeter says it will be “disappointing” to start year on DL

Derek Jeter said today that he has accepted the reality that he will not be on the Yankees’ Opening Day roster. Jeter will instead continue his rehab in Florida when the team goes north.

“Pretty much, that looks like what’s going to happen,” Jeter said. “I told you guys all along, my goal was to be ready on Opening Day and I didn’t reach it. It’s disappointing.”

Jeter is expected to only receive treatment today and will not be on the field. He said that he does not want to circle dates on the calendar, but general manager Brian Cashman has said that the new goal for Jeter is April 6 — the first date he will be eligible to be activated.

“As hard as it is sometimes, you have to try to look at the big picture,” Jeter said. “My goal was to be ready Opening Day, but the goal also is to be ready for the season. I pushed it to try to get to Opening Day and it didn’t work out, but I still have to be ready for the majority of the season.”

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