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.
Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.
Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.
Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.