Derek Jeter underwent precautionary tests Tuesday to make sure that the discomfort he felt in his surgically-repaired left ankle was not structural damage of any kind. MRI results revealed some "mild inflammation" in the ankle but the X-rays were negative, so the Captain is listed as day-to-day, reports Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
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Jeter was scratched from the lineup Tuesday afternoon to be examined, and will also be sidelined for Wednesday's game against the Red Sox, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com. The Yankees still believe that the veteran shortstop will be ready to go by Opening Day, but the latest setback must be a bit disconcerting, especially considering their situation at first base has already stretched the club incredibly thin on the infield.
Manager Joe Girardi did concede to Hoch that Jeter could potentially start the season as the club's designated hitter if his ankle continues to be a problem. If he is deemed unfit to start the season at shortstop, either Jayson Nix or Eduardo Nunez are likely to man the position.
It would mark just the second time since 1996 that someone other than Jeter has taken the field at shortstop for the Bombers. Luis Sojo started the first four games at short for the Yanks in 2001.