Derek Jeter's ankle will keep him out of Major League exhibition games for the rest of spring training. He will play only in minor league games the rest of the way out. The move comes after Jeter felt soreness in his ankle and an inflammation was discovered.
Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports says the move to have Jeter play in minor league games could be strategic. By having him avoid Major League exhibition games, the Yankees can place Jeter on the DL retroactively all the way back to now. This would free up a roster spot but not force Jeter to be on the DL longer than necessary.
Jeter suffered a fractured ankle last season during the ALCS against the Tigers. He seemed to be recovering well when he started playing this spring. However, as soon as Jeter tried to play multiple games at shortstop, the ankle started bothering him.
The Yankees may have to use Jeter in a designated hitter role more than they are used to this season. With his ankle how it is, it may be best to keep him off the field as much as possible.
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