Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees’ star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.
Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman says it’s “more likely than not” Jeter will start on the DL because of a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery in October.
“April 1 is unrealistic in my mind now,” Cashman said Sunday. “There’s nothing new going on other than growing pains as he gets through these final hurdles of his rehab.”
Eduardo Nunez, known for his bat more than his glove, would fill in at shortstop for the 13-time All-Star, who broke the ankle Oct. 13 during the American League Championship Series opener against the Detroit Tigers and had surgery a week later.
The 38-year-old, who has repeatedly vowed to be ready for Opening Day, played in his first big-league spring training game on March 9 as a designated hitter. He returned to shortstop four days later, then played consecutive games on March 15 and 16 before inflammation kept him out of the lineup.
He received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday and had four at-bats as a DH Saturday in a minor-league exhibition game.
Padres, Garcia part ways
The San Diego Padres released veteran right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia, eliminating one candidate for the No. 5 spot in their starting rotation.
Garcia, who signed a minor-league contract with the Padres this offseason, had a difficult spring. He was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six starts, allowing 25 runs and 26 hits in 20⅔ innings. Garcia, 36, would have received a one-year deal with $1.3 million, with another $1.25 million in incentives based upon games started.
Garcia was competing with rookie Tyson Ross for the final spot in the rotation.
Garcia is 152-101 in his career with a 4.15 ERA.