Jeter's New Return Date Could Be April 6

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – According to WFAN’s Sweeny Murti, Yankees GM Brian Cashman believes “more likely than not” that Derek Jeter will begin the 2013 season on the disabled list.  Previously, it was just a possibility.  Now, it appears that Jeter will miss the Yankees’ April 1 season opener against the Boston Red Sox.

Jeter has been bothered by ankle soreness and reported it again on Saturday, after fielding ground balls and taking batting practice in the morning. Cashman says Jeter’s new goal is to come off the disabled list on April 6.

He had only been playing minor league games in an effort to begin the new season on time.  Jeter took four at-bats as a designated hitter in Saturday’s AAA exhibition game. He went 0-for-4, saw 12 pitches, and grounded out four times.

Jeter took an anti-inflammatory cortisone injection on Wednesday.  He enjoyed a terrific 2012 regular season and starred for the Yankees during the postseason before fracturing his left ankle during Game One of the 2012 ALDS.  Jeter played in 159 regular season games in 2012, batting .316 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs.  In 27 postseason at-bats, Jeter batted .333.

The Yankees captain will turn 39 on June 26.  Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix remain the most experienced healthy shortstops on the Yankees’ roster.

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