User ID
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Betting Tools

Yankees' Jeter expected to start year on DL

New customers: Make your 1st bet, get your 2nd bet free, 100%, winnings paid in cash.
Join Now

Already have an account? Click here to view new Exclusive Rewards!

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees' star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it's ``more likely than not'' Jeter will start on the DL because of a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October.

``April 1 is unrealistic in my mind now,'' Cashman said Sunday. ``There's nothing new going on other than growing pains as he gets through these final hurdles of his rehab.''

Eduardo Nunez, known for his bat more than his glove, would fill in at shortstop for the 13-time All-Star, who broke the ankle Oct. 13 during the AL championship series opener against Detroit and had surgery a week later.

The 38-year-old, who has repeatedly vowed to be ready for opening day, played in his first big league spring training game on March 9 as a designated hitter. He returned to shortstop four days later, then played consecutive games on March 15 and 16 before inflammation kept him out of the lineup.

He received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday and had four at_bats as a DH Saturday in a minor league exhibition game.

``I know Derek extremely well, and I can read his face,'' Cashman said. ``And his face today tells me that the reality of his circumstances is starting to sink in, and the disabled list might be necessary. I told him what I think, and he didn't fight me on it. That's reality.''

Jeter is 3 for 11 with a double in five spring training games. New York could put him on the DL backdated to Friday, meaning he could be activated on April 6, when the Yankees are at Detroit.

``It's a goal, it doesn't mean an absolute,'' Cashman said. ``We'll respond to how he's feeling. That's all we can do. At some point this will be behind him.''

Cashman wants Jeter to be available to play the field when he's on the active roster.

``We have to get him to be able to play shortstop,'' Cashman said. ``I don't think it's going to get him healthy DHing for us.''

Jeter has not been on the DL for opening day since 2001, when he missed the first four games after straining his right quadriceps during a spring training game that March 16. Two years later, he dislocated his left shoulder in the opener during a collision at third base with Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby, who was covering the bag. Jeter was sidelined until May 13.

Seeking their 18th playoff berth in 19 years, the Yankees' batting order figure to be missing almost half its regulars when the season starts.

Rodriguez isn't expected back until after the All-Star break following left hip surgery on Jan. 16. Teixeira hasn't ruled out missing the first two months of the season because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, an injury sustained while taking swings off a tee with the U.S. at the World Baseball Classic on March 5. Granderson is expected to be out until the first week of May after breaking his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto's J.A. Happ on Feb. 24 in his first spring training at-bat.

In addition, New York allowed Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin and Eric Chavez to depart as free agents.

The Associated Press News Service

Copyright 2015
The Associated Press
All Rights Reserved

Bonds, Marlins discuss hitting coach job
Braves, RP Johnson agree to 1-yr deal
Royals, RP Collins agree to 1-year deal
Zimmermann agrees to deal with Tigers
Puig gets swollen eye thanks to bouncer
Jays sign LHP Happ to three-year deal
Former MLB outfielder Nixon arrested
Avila, White Sox reach $2.5M deal
D-backs name Magadan hitting coach
Why Buy Picks From
MLB Pro Baseball Handicapper Sports Picks Records
Live Odds
Money Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2463
Vince Akins + 1414
Chip Chirimbes + 1286
Underdog Leaders
Handicapper Money
Dave Cokin + 992
John Fisher + 906
Doc's Sports + 704
Over-Under Leaders
Handicapper Money
The Gold Sheet + 727
Bill Marzano + 560
Kyle Hunter + 559
Guaranteed Leaders
Handicapper Money
Bruce Marshall + 1664
Chip Chirimbes + 1582
Vince Akins + 1551
Favorite Leaders
Handicapper Money
Jimmy Boyd + 2104
Vince Akins + 1641
Don Anthony + 1557
Member Leaders
Handicapper Money
Stephen Nover + 633
Jimmy Boyd + 579
Kyle Hunter + 429
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership