Derek Jeter, the venerable captain and shortstop of the New York Yankees, is likely to start the season on the disabled list, General Manager Brian Cashman acknowledged Sunday.
"I know Derek extremely well, and I can read his face," Cashman said. "And his face today tells me that the reality of his circumstances is starting to sink in, and the disabled list might be necessary. I told him what I think, and he didn't fight me on it. That's reality."
Jeter, 38, is trying to play himself back into shape after surgery to repair a broken left ankle he sustained in the playoffs in October. He played his first exhibition game as a designated hitter on March 9 but last week began to experience soreness when he played back-to-back games at shortstop.
Jeter, who is three for 11 in five exhibition games, received an anti-inflammatory injection Wednesday and returned to action Saturday as a designated hitter in an exhibition game with minor leaguers. But Cashman said it's obvious that Jeter is not ready to play shortstop full time.