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MLB Update – Jeter To Begin the Season on the DL?

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MLB Update from GM Brian Cashman said Sunday that it’s “more likely than not” that Jeter will start the season on the DL. Jeter was the DH in a minor league game Saturday, grounding out four times, and while he’d hoped to play in another minor league contest Sunday, that won’t happen because he’s too sore, reports Newsday’s Anthony Rieber.

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

When Jeter was scratched from a Grapefruit League game last week, manager Joe Girardi said it was because Jeter was dealing with a “cranky” ankle. Girardi also offered no guarantees that Jeter will be the starting shortstop for the April 1 opener against the Red Sox, reports Andrew Marchand of ESPNNewYork.com.

After being scratched, the 38-year-old Yankees captain, who is coming back from October surgery on the ankle, had a cortisone injection to help the soreness, and while Jeter has repeatedly expressed confidence about being ready when the games count, that may no longer be a lock — or even likely.

The Yanks had been playing Jeter play in minor league games rather than in Grapefruit League action so they could backdate any disabled list stint to an earlier date. As such, Cashman indicated the next goal is to have Jeter back by April 6 against the Tigers.

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.

Cashman already is searching for a bat to compensate for the injuries to outfielder Curtis Granderson and first baseman Mark Teixeira, and Cashman may need to add a shortstop as well. 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. Bet on 2013 MLB season Big Sign Up Bonus.

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