Jeter may not be ready for Opening Day

And here we go. From Bryan Hoch of MLB.com:

TAMPA, Fla. — Yankees captain Derek Jeter missed his second consecutive game and received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired left ankle Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said.

Although Cashman doesn’t believe the setback is serious, he can’t rule out Jeter beginning the season on the disabled list since Opening Day is rapidly approaching.

“I don’t know yet,” said Cashman. “The season is starting to approach. I know if you asked him, Opening Day would be a certainty. In fairness, I don’t know yet. He’s got to be in position where he could play a full nine innings of defense, be able to do back-to-back [games] and other stuff. There’s some time left. We’ll see how he responds, but I can’t give you certainty.”

Jeter was scratched from New York’s lineup for Tuesday’s game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., because of stiffness and soreness in the area of his surgically repaired left ankle.

He was seen by Dr. Daniel Murphy on Tuesday in Tampa. Precautionary X-rays were negative, and a precautionary MRI revealed mild inflammation in the ankle. Jeter is considered day to day and had hoped to play in Wednesday’s game.

Okay, deep breaths everyone.

This wasn’t completely unexpected. There’s always a chance of a setback or two when a player is recovering from surgery, especially when an ankle is involved. So the good thing is, there’s no structural damage to Jeter’s ankle and that’s it’s only inflammation. Now he just needs to take it easy for a few days because of the cortisone shot. If he does that, he’ll have a week or so to prepare for Opening Day.

More from Cashman (apparently from the future – someone needs to fix their clock):

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4 thoughts on “Jeter may not be ready for Opening Day

  1. Chuck

    The yankees should play jeter at first base and nunez at short. This would allow jeter to recover at a less strenuous position and put the best bats in the lineup

    • Chad

      That would be self-defeating. The toll taken on Jeter's body from trying to catch Nunez's errant throws would be worse than just actually playing shortstop.

  2. Derpy

    The Yankees should sign Ronny Cedeno. There, I said it.

  3. Michael

    I always kind of figured coming into this season that Jeter will need a caddy. Why not DH Jeter against lefties who he still mashes better than anyone in baseball and let Nunez play short? Nunez can hit thats for sure (for a SS at least) and it would allow Jeter to rest while keeping his bat n the lineup. I think with increased playing time Nunez's defense will improve. Muscle memory and all that I mean the kid has the talent. Cant get any worse

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