The Yankees sent Derek Jeter for X-rays yesterday after he was scratched from the lineup with a stiff ankle. X-Rays were negative, but a MRI found mild inflammation and the Yankees are considering him day-to-day, according to Chad Jennings of the Journal News.
This is good news and bad news. Good news that it’s not worse, but inflammation at this point should be considered a setback after Jeter has been saying he’s fine all spring and on track to start the regular season on time.
If this is the only setback he suffers they should be fine though. There are still a couple of weeks before the season starts and that should be enough time to get him ready if he only misses a day or two. Part of me expects the Yankees to be cautious though so perhaps Eduardo Nunez will be the starting shortstop for the first week or two.
The bigger problem is that if Jeter lost a step he could go from one of the worst every day starters defensively in the MLB to a downright liability. His problem has always been his lack of range, which was bad last year, and if he slows down even a little bit he could be on Nunez’s level or worse. Considering the Yankees other option at short is Nunez himself it could get ugly out there this season.
Like I wrote yesterday, perhaps this will force the Yankees to take a look at Ronny Cedeno or Ryan Theriot as possible depth moves. If they do make a move for either one it should be a sign that the Yankees are worried about The Captain.
• A Bronx judge indicated yesterday that StubHub would be in violation of New York’s scalping laws if they put a store within 1,500 feet of Yankee Stadium.
• Rockies catcher Ramon Hernandez is on the trade block, but the Yankees have not called to inquire about him. Hernandez hit just .217/.247/.353 last season due to injuries, but he has a .264/.327/.417 line during his career.
• The Dominican Republic won the World Baseball Classic last night and Robinson Cano was named the MVP after he hit .469 with four doubles and a pair of homers in eight games.