Yankees’ Jeter Has Inflammation in Surgically Repaired Ankle

Derek Jeter is listed as day-to-day by the New York Yankees after tests on his surgically repaired ankle revealed mild inflammation.

The 38-year-old shortstop missed the Yankees’ spring training game yesterday because of soreness in his left ankle, which he broke Oct. 13 during Game 1 of last year’s American League Championship Series.

The Yankees said in a statement yesterday that Jeter, who was cleared to return to baseball activities on March 7, underwent a precautionary X-ray that showed no fracture.

“I was told that you’re going to feel it, not necessarily in the ankle but around the ankle, just because I was in a boot for so long that you come out and it’s going to take some time to strengthen it,” Jeter told reporters. “It’s normal. You’ve just got to deal with it and move on.”

Jeter has played in five games since his return to action, batting .273 with one double and no runs batted in. He batted .316 with an American League-best 216 hits last season.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Jeter could be the team’s designated hitter instead of at shortstop when the Major League Baseball regular season opens April 1 against the Boston Red Sox.

“I’d like to have him at shortstop on opening day, but if we collectively feel he could use a few more days, we’ll wait,” Girardi said. “I’ve said all along we’ve got to play it by ear. My goal is to have him at shortstop, and that’s his goal. But we might have to make some adjustments on the fly.”

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