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.

Yankees, Mariners expressing interest in J.A. Happ

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Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Yankees and Mariners are both expressing interest in Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ.

Happ is posting a 3.48 ERA and a 94/25 K/BB ratio in 82.2 innings across 14 starts and has been stingy with the hits as well. Between that, the Blue Jays’ lack of contention and the fact that Happ is in the walk year of his three-year, $36 million deal, all signs point to the Jays trading them.

In normal circumstances you might not expect the Jays to make a trade with the Yankees, but at this point it sort of doesn’t matter, does it? It’s not like Happ in New York on a couple month rental will impact the 2018 Jays too much. And, given his pending free agency, it’s not extraordinarily likely that he’d haunt the Jays from the Bronx long term either.

There’s not a ton of elite pitching currently available, but as the trade deadline approaches — a little over a month to go on that score — the talk about Happ, Cole Hamels, Francisco Liriano and others will heat up. Figure the Yankees will be linked with any and all available starters.