Originally posted on The Other Paper  |  Last updated 3/22/13
The next time fans see Derek Jeter in action it won't even be on the Off-Broadway stage of Steinbrenner Field — at least during spring training. The Yankees shortstop — who has been nursing his inflamed left ankle for the past three days — is looking to return to action and, if he does, it will be in minor league games at the team's training complex across the street from the ballpark. That's Off-Off-Broadway in New York City circles. The Yankees aren't taking chances that Jeter might end up opening the season on the disabled list.  By sending him to the minors it would allow the Yankees to back-date Jeter's potential stint on the DL the maximum 10 days. Meaning Jeter would be eligible to return to the Yankees' fifth game of the regular-season — as long as he doesn't play in another Grapefruit League game. With that scenario in mind, general manger Brian Cashman said Thursday that Jeter would be limited to minor league games the rest of the way no matter how well his ankle responds
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