New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was expected to sit out a second straight spring training game Wednesday because of stiffness in his left ankle, raising some doubts about his readiness for the start of the season. Jeter also was scratched from the lineup on Tuesday and had tests on the ankle he broke in the playoffs last October. The 38-year-old veteran complained to trainers of stiffness in the front of the surgically repaired ankle, according to ESPN.com. Test results indicated some swelling and mild inflammation. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told the New York Post that he'd "like to have (Jeter) at shortstop on Opening Day, but if we collectively feel he could use a few more days, we'll wait." Since being medically cleared to play, Jeter has appeared in five spring games since March 10, including three at shortstop. The Yankees are listing Jeter's status as day to day. Jeter wasn't seen in the clubhouse before Wednesday's game against Boston.
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