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MLB News – Are the Yanks Looking to replace Jeter at shortstop?

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Manager Joe Girardi described the setback as a “cranky” ankle and offered no guarantees that Jeter will be the starting shortstop for the April 1 opener against the Red Sox, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork lastest MLB news..

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The 38-year-old Yankees captain, who is coming back from October surgery on the ankle, has expressed confidence about being ready when the games count, but that may no longer be a lock. The leading in-house candidate to fill in temporarily for Jeter is Eduardo Nunez, but Marchand was “not even entirely sure” Nunez would even make the club. There also is Jayson Nix, who started 13 games at shortstop in 2012 but is far from an elite defender.

GM Brian Cashman already is searching for a bat to compensate for the injuries to outfielder Curtis Granderson and first baseman Mark Teixeira and may need to add a shortstop as well, depending on how Jeter responds. At the very least, the Yankees could use some depth at the position.

One name that immediately comes to mind is Yuniesky Betancourt, who is hitting .450 with nine RBI for the Phillies this spring. Betancourt has an opt-out clause in his contract if he does not land a spot on the Phillies’ roster. Betancourt could provide some short-term insurance without the Yankees having to make a long-term financial commitment.

Wallace Matthews of ESPNNewYork.com says the Yankees can’t catch a break this spring.

ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney has more on Jeter’s status as spring training nears the final stretch.

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