The good news is Derek Jeter's X-rays came back negative. The bad news is he's still got inflammation in his surgically-repaired ankle that could keep him out of more games. As it stands right now, Jeter is listed as day-to-day says Scott Miller of CBS Sports.
Jeter: MRI & X-Rays today. X-Rays negative. MRI found mild ankle inflammation, #Yankees say. Jeter is day-to-day
— Scott Miller (@ScottMCBS) March 19, 2013
Jeter played back-to-back games at shortstop before the ankle started acting up. He has seemed to have little trouble running the bases or taking swings in the box, but perhaps the rigors of playing shortstop are still beyond his everyday reach.
Jeter will likely see more time as a designated hitter this season than he ever has in the past. If his ankle acts up after playing two games in a row at short, the Yankees may have a long way to go before they can trot him out there on a daily basis. Of course, that doesn't mean Jeter can't play. By virtue of the DH, Jeter and the Yankees have options.
Jeter played 25 games as a DH last season. It was the most of his career. He should surpass that this season. But Jeter's value is no longer in the field anyway. He's still valuable at the plate. Last year, Jeter hit .316/.362/.429 with 15 home runs.
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