Jeter may not be ready for Opening Day

And here we go. From Bryan Hoch of

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter missed his second consecutive game and received a cortisone shot in his surgically repaired left ankle Wednesday, general manager Brian Cashman said.

Although Cashman doesn't believe the setback is serious, he can't rule out Jeter beginning the season on the disabled list since Opening Day is rapidly approaching.

"I don't know yet," said Cashman. "The season is starting to approach. I know if you asked him, Opening Day would be a certainty. In fairness, I don't know yet. He's got to be in position where he could play a full nine innings of defense, be able to do back-to-back [games] and other stuff. There's some time left. We'll see how he responds, but I can't give you certainty."

Jeter was scratched from New York's lineup for Tuesday's game against the Phillies in Clearwater, Fla., because of stiffness and soreness in the area of his surgically repaired left ankle.

He was seen by Dr. Daniel Murphy on Tuesday in Tampa. Precautionary X-rays were negative, and a precautionary MRI revealed mild inflammation in the ankle. Jeter is considered day to day and had hoped to play in Wednesday's game.

Okay, deep breaths everyone.

This wasn't completely unexpected. There's always a chance of a setback or two when a player is recovering from surgery, especially when an ankle is involved. So the good thing is, there's no structural damage to Jeter's ankle and that's it's only inflammation. Now he just needs to take it easy for a few days because of the cortisone shot. If he does that, he'll have a week or so to prepare for Opening Day.

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