New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter is resigned to starting the season on the disabled list for the first time since 2001.
Jeter is undergoing treatment for a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October. His last game action came as a designated hitter on Saturday in a minor league exhibition.
“Of course, it’s disappointing,” Jeter said Tuesday. “I told you guys all along the goal was to be ready on opening day, and I didn’t reach it. I ran out of days. I pushed to try to get there opening day, and it didn’t work out. But I’ve still got to be ready for the majority of the season.”
Jeter broke the ankle in the opening game of last year’s ALCS.
“It’s a setback for opening day, but it’s not a setback in terms of the recovery process,” Jeter said. “Some things you can’t control. It’s a normal recovery process.”
The Yankees did receive some good news. They acquired outfielder Vernon Wells from the Angels.
New York dealt a pair of minor leaguers to the Angels on Tuesday for Wells – outfielder Exircado Cayones and left-hander Kramer Sneed. The Angels will pay about $28.5 million of the $42 million Wells is owed over the final two seasons of his contract.
Clearing the bases
The Cardinals placed third baseman David Freese on the 15-day disabled list with a lower back strain. … The A’s placed infielder Adam Rosales on the 15-day DL with a strained muscle on the left side of his ribcage. … Orioles infielder Wilson Betemit will be out for 6 to 8 weeks because of a tear in his right knee. … The White Sox placed left-hander John Danks on the 15-day DL as he recovers from surgery in August. … Right-hander Aaron Cook has been released by the Philadelphia Phillies. … Rick Porcello beat out Drew Smyly for the No. 5 spot in the Tigers’ rotation. … The Pirates told left-hander Jonathan Sanchez and third baseman Brandon Inge they will be on the team’s opening day roster. … The Twins have reassigned World Baseball Classic star Samuel Deduno of the Dominican Republic to their minor league camp. … Mets right-hander Shaun Marcum could miss the start of the regular season because of a neck injury. The 31-year-old experienced discomfort during a bullpen session.