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Derek Jeter injury: Yankees captain still targeting Opening Day

GM Brian Cashman told reporters SS Derek Jeter is the least of the Yankees' worries.


The New York Yankees find themselves in the midst of multiple injuries, but general manager Brian Cashman told reporters, including Ken Davidoff of The New York Post, that he's not worried about shortstop Derek Jeter.

Yesterday it was announced that Mark Teixeira will miss the next two months as he recovers from a wrist injury. New York was already set to start the season without Curtis Granderson and Alex Rodriguez. Heck, even Cashman is in a wheelchair after injuring himself while skydiving for charity.

While the team is scrambling to fill its roster in the wake of recent injuries, Cashman said he's not worried about Jeter. The 39-year-old continues to be a regular at shortstop, and he's still recovering from a significant ankle injury that required surgery last postseason.

Still, Cashman said Jeter is the least of the Yankees' worries at this point. While it doesn't appear the captain will be ready to return Sunday - the date Cashman predicted two weeks ago - he is still on track to be back by Opening Day.

Jeter has a few hurdles to go, as he's yet to run the bases at a full sprint. He told reporters yesterday that it is "probably one of the most important things" he needs to do before being deemed game ready.

Even so, Jeter is keeping his focus on April 1, the day the Yankee open the 2013 season against the Boston Red Sox.