The New York Yankees expect to begin the season with shortstop Derek Jeter on the disabled list.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Sunday that he hopes Jeter will be able to return by April 6 against Detroit, the fifth game of the season. Cashman wants Jeter to be healthy enough to play shortstop full time.
"I don't anticipate him starting the season on the (roster)," Cashman said, according to ESPN.com. "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 season's coming quicker than that leg's going to be ready."
Jeter is working his way slowly back in spring training from a broken ankle he suffered in October during the postseason. When Jeter felt soreness in the surgically repaired ankle after four at-bats as a DH in a minor-league game Saturday, the Yankees made the decision to rest him for two days and then re-evaluate his condition.
The 38-year-old veteran has felt stiffness and soreness in the ankle during the past week. He received a cortisone shot but was able to run only at half-speed to first base on Saturday.
"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."
Jeter told reporters Sunday morning: "I got nothing for you guys today."