Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter told reporters Tuesday that he was "not concerned" about stiffness in the ankle he broke last October. But on Wednesday, for the second straight game, he will not play.
General Manager Brian Cashman told reporters that in spring training Jeter received a cortisone shot in his injured left ankle and will be shut down for a few days. Worse yet, Cashman wouldn't rule out Jeter starting the season on the disabled list. He did say the Yankees are hopeful it won't come to that, and the injury is "not serious."
"The season is starting to approach," Cashman said. "I know if you asked him, Opening Day would be a certainty."
The Yankees open the season April 1 — just 12 days away — at Yankee Stadium against the Red Sox.
Jeter told reporters Tuesday he wasn't worried about the injury, as doctors had warned him there could be some stiffness in the ankle surrounding where the bone was fractured.
"I'm not concerned," Jeter said yesterday. "Because I was told this was going to happen."
But the team sent him for an MRI and examination by Dr. Daniel Murphy, who determined there was "mild inflammation" and he was listed as day-to-day.
Eduardo Nunez will start at shortstop should Jeter not be ready by Opening Day.
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