Derek Jeter will be starting the 2013 MLB season somewhere other than the field for the New York Yankees.
With a nagging injury in his left ankle that has kept him from preseason games and from proper rehab, Jeter will likely start the season on the DL, team officials aid.
The Yankees had assigned Jeter to play in a Triple-A game this weekend, but he was only able to play designate hitter.
“I don’t anticipate him starting the season on the [roster],” General Manager Brian Cashman said. “I can read his face, and his face today tells me the reality is starting to sink in that this disabled list situation might be necessary.”
The reality began to set in last week, when the Yankees had to scratch Derek Jeter from a preseason game at the last minute with soreness in the left ankle he fractured in the 2012 playoffs.
That setback came as a bit of a surprise, as Jeter had exchanged text messages that morning with Manager Joe Girardi. Derek Jeter said he felt ready to play, but by game time the ankle was so “cranky” that he was kept out of the lineup.
That was the first sign that Jeter could miss Opening Day, but by the time of this weekend’s setback the team seemed resigned to be without hi
“This is no surprise,” Cashman said. “The only newsworthy event out of it is we were hoping he would be ready by Opening Day and more likely than not he won’t be. But in terms of the injury progression and what he’s recovering from, there’s nothing new here other than the fact that on the back-end of the more workload that he’s got, he’s experiencing soreness. You have to react to that and back off, give it a little more time.”
With Derek Jeter out, the Yankees will be turning to Eduardo Nunez to start at shortstop in their Opening Day game against the Boston Red Sox.