MRI shows mild inflammation in Derek Jeter’s left ankle

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter began feeling discomfort in his surgically-repaired left ankle on Monday in spring camp, so the Yankees sent him for a range of tests on Tuesday afternoon to ensure that everything was structurally intact. And it was.

According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, X-rays were negative and an MRI showed only mild inflammation in Jeter’s ankle. He is considered day-to-day and should return to Grapefruit League action soon.

The Yankees will probably have to stick Jeter at designated hitter off and on in the early part of the 2013 season while he rebuilds the strength around his left ankle.

Jeter, 38, hit .316/.362/.429 with 15 homers and 58 RBI in 159 games last year.

Twins designate Phil Hughes for assignment

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Phil Hughes was officially designated for assignment by the Twins on Tuesday, the culmination of multiple injury-plagued seasons and poor performance.

Things couldn’t have started out much better for Hughes in Minnesota. The former Yankees hurler joined the Twins on a three-year, $24 million contract in December of 2013 and reeled off a 3.52 ERA over 32 starts during his first season with the club. He set the MLB record (which still stands, by the way) for single season strikeout-to-walk ratio and even received some downballot Cy Young Award consideration. The big year resulted in the two sides ripping up their previous agreement with a new five-year, $58 million deal, but it was all downhill after that.

Hughes took a step back with a 4.40 ERA in 2015 and struggled with a 5.95 ERA over 11 starts and one relief appearance in 2016 before undergoing surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. He wasn’t any better upon his return last year, putting up a 5.87 ERA in nine starts and five relief appearances. Hughes missed time with a biceps issue and required a thoracic outlet revision surgery in August. He began this year on the disabled list with an oblique injury, only to put up a 6.75 ERA over two starts and five relief appearances before the Twins decided to turn the page this week.

Hughes is still owed the remainder of his $13.2 million salary for this year and another $13.2 million next year. The deal didn’t work out as anyone would have hoped, but unfortunately this is another case of health just not cooperating.