When the baseball news starts getting more urgent, you know that Opening Day is near.
Well, the news was urgent Thursday, on three different fronts.
Item: Derek Jeter could open season on disabled list.
Such a plan actually is in the works; Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Thursday that Jeter would not play in any more major-league games this spring, enabling the club to backdate his injury if he goes on the 15-day DL.
Jeter, of course, was his usual self -- amiable yet defiant -- in discussing his comeback from a surgically repaired left ankle.
"I wouldn't call it a setback," he said. "It's what's supposed to happen. That's what I'm told."
Uh, Derek, you didn't plan for soreness to sideline you, didn't plan to receive a cortisone shot Wednesday, didn't plan to play no more than five innings in a game so far this spring.
He's 38, an age at which players don't recover from injuries as easily. If he plays in minor-league games the rest of the spring and opens the sea...