TAMPA, Fla. (CBSNewYork/AP) — The Yankees could be without their captain when the Bronx Bombers kick off the season against the Red Sox on April 1.
General manager Brian Cashman says he doesn’t know if injured captain Derek Jeter will be available to play for New York on opening day.
The shortstop received an anti-inflammatory injection in his surgically repaired left ankle and missed his second straight spring game on Wednesday.
“At this stage, I just don’t know, so all I can do is acknowledge it’s a possibility,” Cashman said when asked if Jeter would be ready for opening day. “We’ve got to be in a position where he plays a full 9 innings of defense, and be able to do back to back (games) and all this other stuff. We’ll see how he responds, but I can’t give you certainty now that what he’s just experienced isn’t going to push it back a little bit.”
Cashman didn’t rule out Jeter starting the season on the disabled list.
“We’ve got to do what’s right for him,” Cashman said. “Whatever’s right for him will be right for us. I’m not saying he’s going to be DL’ed, but I can’t tell you it won’t be. I don’t think it’s anything serious, I just think it’s a timing issue.”