Derek Jeter can be ruled out for Opening Day.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch on Sunday that the veteran shortstop woke up with soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle after DHing in a minor league game Saturday. Jeter has been shut down for the next two days and is all but certain to be placed on the 15-day disabled list when the regular season opens.
The Yankees can backdate Jeter’s disabled list stint so that he’s available April 6 — the fifth game of New York’s regular season schedule. Eduardo Nunez will likely fill in at shortstop for the first four games.
Jeter had ankle surgery last October after suffering a fracture in Game 1 of the ALCS vs. Detroit.
Dodgers third baseman Justin Turner left Monday’s Cactus League game against the Athletics after he was hit by a pitch. He went for X-rays, revealing that he suffered a broken wrist, Bill Shaikin of the Los Angeles Times reports. Shaikin adds that Turner is unlikely to return before May, noting that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman missed six weeks with a similar injury last year and Astros outfielder George Springer missed nine weeks in 2015.
Needless to say, this is a huge loss for the Dodgers. Last year, Turner hit .322/.415/.530 with 21 home runs and 71 RBI in 543 plate appearances, helping the Dodgers reach the World Series. He made the All-Star team for the first time in his career and finished eighth in NL MVP balloting.
Thankfully, the Dodgers have some versatile players on the roster. Logan Forsythe could move from second base to third, giving Chase Utley more playing time at second. Enrique Hernandez could man the hot corner as well. Chris Taylor has played some third base, or he could shift to second base in Forsythe’s stead. The club should shed some light on how it plans to move forward following Turner’s injury.