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March 21, 2013

'A possibility' Jeter misses opener

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Yankees 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.”

Cashman says he doesn’t know when Jeter will resume playing in spring training games. He was removed from the lineup against Philadelphia on Tuesday for “precautionary” reasons because his ankle felt stiff.

Jeter broke his left ankle in Game 1 of the AL championship series in October. The 13-time All-Star played in his first spring game on March 9 and later played the field, including consecutive games, for the first time. He is 3 for 11 so far.

“The doctor said, basically, you can experience a lot of different things along the pathway, so it’s not a surprise,” Cashman said. “His rehab has gone extremely well, but obviously after the back to back, it barked a little bit. He’s going to have ups and downs in the early portion of it, but eventually at some point he’ll be past this. We’ve just got to make sure we take the right steps so it’s eventually behind him.”

Cashman said Jeter was sent home after getting the injection and was not at George Steinbrenner Field on Wednesday.

Eduardo Nunez would replace Jeter at shortstop if he’s not ready for the opener.

The Yankees have been hit hard by injuries this year.

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