Derek Jeter to miss remainder of Yankees' Grapefruit League scheduleGM Brian Cashman says The Captain will play only in Minor League games
Derek Jeter will not appear in another Grapefruit League game this spring, as Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told the media that The Captain will be held out of Major League games for the remainder of March.
Via a Tweet from YES Network's Jack Curry:
Cashman said Jeter won't play in another major league spring game. Yanks will play him in minors to protect ability to backdate dl stint.- Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 21, 2013
In terms of that March 22 deadline, MLB has mandated for 2013 that if a player starts the season on the disabled list, teams are able to backdate that stint as far back as March 22 so that the disabled player only misses a few games.
In the interim, players are eligible to play in Minor League games, but any appearance in a Grapefruit or Cactus League game between March 22 and 31 would reset that eligible backdate and push their return forward.
"I think we need to preserve the ability to backdate him in the event that he's not going to make it," Cashman said. Jeter was scratched from Tuesday's lineup after feeling stiffness in his left ankle, and in announcing that The Captain had received an anti-inflammatory injection in the ankle and would be shut down for a few days, Cashman wouldn't rule out the possibility that Jeter may start 2013 on the DL.
This move doesn't necessarily mean that's the case, but it does mean that the Yankees can have their Captain back sooner rather than later if he does eventually land on the DL.
Jeter himself said earlier in the day that he hoped to resume baseball activity on Friday, telling the media that he planned to play Opening Day and that "nothing has changed" in his view, but admitting he hadn't discussed the situation further with the team.
Jeter said it would be disappointing if he didn't play Opening Day. He said ankle stiffness was expected so he still is pushing for opener.- Jack Curry (@JackCurryYES) March 21, 2013
Jeter also told the media that he already felt better after the anti-inflammatory injection and remarked that "if it ain't broke, you can play...so yeah, if I had to play, I would play."
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