By Sweeny Murti
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Derek Jeter broke his left ankle on October 13, 2012. He had surgery a week later. Since then, every day has been seen as progress — moving closer to 100 percent, closer to Opening Day, closer to being Jeter again.
Then came Tuesday, when Jeter was scratched from the lineup with left ankle discomfort.
While Jeter said that he was not “concerned” and didn’t see it as a “setback,” clearly there is at least reason for pause in the comeback story that has accounted for most of the ink this spring. Opening Day is less than two weeks away now, and something that Jeter described simply as “normal stiffness” is enough to raise a red flag.
It was also interesting to see how the Jeter angle developed on Tuesday morning, beginning with Joe Girardi’s early-morning declaration that they weren’t “out of the woods yet.”
Here is Girardi, beginning with his thoughts on how much playing time he would give Jeter over the course of the rest of the spring.