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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.

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