Derek Jeter gets anti-inflammatory injection in surgically repaired left ankle

Yankees Captain to miss a few days, says GM Brian Cashman
03/20/2013 12:43 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
Yankees Captain Derek Jeter received an anti-inflammatory injection in his left ankle on Wednesday morning, and in announcing that treatment, general manager Brian Cashman acknowledged a possibility Yankees fans have feared all winter: Jeter may not be ready for Opening Day on April 1.

''At this stage, I just don't know, so all I can do is acknowledge it's a possibility,'' Cashman said on the subject.

Jeter was scratched from Tuesday’s lineup after having stiffness in the ankle, and precautionary tests revealed the inflammation. Here’s more of what Cashman had to say about The Captain, courtesy of a series of Tweets by YES Network’s Jack Curry:

Cashman also said the Yankees have no specific timetable for when Jeter will play again – with the GM only saying The Captain will be out at least a few days – and is Jeter is unable to go on April 1, Eduardo Nunez will take over as the starting shortstop in the short term.

Jeter had said Tuesday that from what doctors had told him, stiffness in the ankle was normal, but Joe Girardi already had some contingency plans in mind.

“I’d like to have him at shortstop on Opening Day, but if we collectively feel he could use a few more days, we’ll wait,” Girardi said Tuesday. “I’ve said all along we’ve got to play it by ear. My goal is to have him at shortstop, and that’s his goal. But we might have to make some adjustments on the fly.”

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