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Derek Jeter is expected to be sidelined until April 6

Mar 24, 2013, 12:02 PM EDT

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Derek Jeter can be ruled out for Opening Day.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch on Sunday that the veteran shortstop woke up with soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle after DHing in a minor league game Saturday. Jeter has been shut down for the next two days and is all but certain to be placed on the 15-day disabled list when the regular season opens.

The Yankees can backdate Jeter’s disabled list stint so that he’s available April 6 — the fifth game of New York’s regular season schedule. Eduardo Nunez will likely fill in at shortstop for the first four games.

Jeter had ankle surgery last October after suffering a fracture in Game 1 of the ALCS vs. Detroit.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:05 PM

    Doom Watch!

    • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:25 PM

      We here on the bridge of the Death Star scoff at your Doom Watch.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:22 PM

        The Evil Empire appears to be plotting to strike back at the doom and gloomsters.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:23 PM

        Wake up. Your Death Star is gone. X-wing fighters The Orioles hit their target last season and left it to explode in the post-season. How’s things on Endor?

      • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

        Plotting?? Always.

        Also I don’t for a minute discount the O’s. But, the O’s had a phenomenal record in one run games last season, .. something like 29-8 or 9. That was the best record in over 100 years. What are the chances they repeat that record? The Jays got a better manager and a few new players but does that translate into making up a 22 game deficit? The Rays still have a great rotation but their line up appears even weaker than last year. And, the RS have, .. well issues.

        The Yankee have a good rotation, the best pen in the AL East. Defensively I think their OF is ones of the better ones in MLB once they get Granderson back. If they can hold down the fort, and not let the division get away from them, until some of their power bats return I think the Yankees are in fact the team to beat in the AL East. At a minimum there is no sure fire favorite in the AL East. Each team has kinks in their armor so I think we’ll have a close and exciting season for the fans of every body, except he Nation.

      • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:52 PM

        And, Endor, .. just wait, .. furry little bastards.

      • djpostl - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:25 PM

        @historiophiliac clearly that was a suicide mission by those X-wing fighters Orioles didn’t survive long enough to enjoy their handy work

      • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        I like the O’s but I’m really okay with them taking one for the Rebel Alliance Hater Nation. Grrrrrr!

      • cackalackyank - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:52 PM

        Hmm if the post I saw about the Yankees getting Vernon Wells comes true, along with this post and the Rivera migraine post we may want to ditch the Death Star thing and start calling it Spaceball 1. This would in fact make Hal President Scroob.

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Yes, please return for opening weekend with the Tigers. The giveaway on April 6th is AL Championship banners, fyi.

    • djpostl - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:26 PM

      a.k.a. Number one loser day.

      Real teams only celebrate world titles.

      • historiophiliac - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:30 PM

        Oh, don’t be a bad number two loser.

      • djpostl - Mar 24, 2013 at 2:39 PM

        Lol. I like the Tigers.

        I am a Yankee fan but I appreciate pitching first & foremost.

  3. chill1184 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    That sound you hear is the worlds smallest violin playing

  4. buffalomafia - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    As a true die hard Yankees fan I have to come to grips with reality & say the Yanks will not make the playoffs this year?!?!

  5. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:33 PM

    Every game missed = less and less likely that he’s gonna get near to Rose’s hits record.

    Hopefully, this will finally put an end to such speculation…it ain’t gonna happen Yankee fans. Time to put that fantasy to bed.

    • aceshigh11 - Mar 24, 2013 at 12:48 PM

      Was there ever really a chance of him doing that?

      Rose was great, but he was, in a way, the ULTIMATE stat compiler.

      I can’t see Jeter scraping along for several years after he’s clearly gassed just to break the record the way Rose did.

      He’d have to average:

      - 136 hits/year if he plays ’til he’s 45
      - 191 hits/year if he plays ’til he’s 43
      - 238 hits/year if he plays ’til he’s 42

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:19 PM

        Yes, well said..Rose was the ultimate stat compiler, no question.

      • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:20 PM

        “I can’t see Jeter scraping along for several years after he’s clearly gassed just to break the record the way Rose did.”

        Especially if the Yankees decide to slot him in as a DH dur to his declining defensive skills. If he stuck around or four or five years, assuming he could muster the offensive production, but was essentially a DH it would dilute breaking the record. In fact, one of the things Jeter has going for him is the Yankees haven’t developed a viable SS replacement, .. short term or long term. The two guys that have scene the most action at SS recently are Pena and Nunez. I don’t think Pena is even a Yankee any longer and couldn’t hit his weight. Nunez is terrible defensively. Jeter is still the best defensive SS the Yankees have.

    • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:08 PM

      Yankee fans, that know baseball, are well aware that Jeter has almost no shot to break Roses record. And, that is neither bad nor a revelation.

      Jeter would have to have 5 more very good years, or 4 outstanding ones, in order to get close. I, and I think most knowledgeable Yankee fans, don’t think that’s possible. As Jeter’s production ebbs he’ll be smart enough to see it and wise enough to pack it in.

      He’s under contract for this season and his option for next. I fully expect him to be a Yankee both seasons. But, short of a couple of 200+ hit seasons I see little chance of him extending his playing career beyond 2014. It would mar his image if he hung on for three or four years after 2014 just to break his record, .. especially if he had to play for some team other than the Yankees to accomplish it. Jeter is as aware of that as anybody.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 24, 2013 at 1:14 PM

        Very well said, bigharold.

      • paperlions - Mar 24, 2013 at 3:13 PM

        I hope he stays healthy and good enough to reach 4000 hits, he’s the only guy with a shot at it for the next 15+ years. It would just be cool to see another guy with 4000 hits.

      • bigharold - Mar 24, 2013 at 5:37 PM

        With slightly less than 700 hits to 4000, he would need either three “career years” or four outstanding years. I don’t see it.

  6. cackalackyank - Mar 24, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    I agree…but someone mentoned that Jeter is not the type to stick around just to pad stats. That being out there…since the 2014 option is a player option, I do not think there is any guarantee he plays if there are a few more issues like this with the ankle. He could easily decide to ride off into the sunset with the rest of the key three. ‘ Always leave them wanting more.’ Since post season baseball and a stretch run are by no means guaranteed in the Bronx this year, adding Jeter and Pettitte’s names to the Mo farewell tour might help them keep selling those seats, and stave off missing any bond interest payments.

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