‘Sore’ ankle: Derek Jeter won’t play Sunday

David Brown
Big League Stew

The chances continue to increase that Derek Jeter will open the season on the disabled list because his surgically repaired left ankle isn't ready. New York Yankees GM Brian Cashman told Newsday that Jeter is "sore" and won't have any baseball activity Sunday.

Jeter has not played for the major league team in a week, and he has only 11 at-bats this spring, because of stiffness in his ankle. It was fractured during Game 1 of the ALCS a season ago.

Jeter got a cortisone shot Wednesday and went 0-for-4 in a minor league game Saturday, grounding out four times, but he hoped to play again Sunday. The Yankees are playing him with minor leaguers to give themselves flexibility on Jeter's roster spot at the beginning of the season. If his ankle were to shown sudden improvement, they wouldn't want to stash him on the DL any longer than they had to. But that plan seems optimistic. The regular season starts a week from Monday and Jeter seems to be a long way from ready.

He's not the only Yankees player who is hurting. Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson will start the season on the DL.

April and May are going to be challenging for manager Joe Girardi.

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