Via MLB.com –
Derek Jeter’s left ankle acted up on Tuesday, forcing the veteran shortstop out of the Yankees’ lineup against the Phillies.
Manager Joe Girardi termed the ankle as being “cranky,” and said general soreness in the surgically repaired part has Jeter as day to day. Jeter had been penciled into Tuesday’s lineup against the Phillies in the No. 2 hole in the batting order and was expected to play shortstop. Gil Velazquez took his place.
Jeter told a trainer on Tuesday morning that he felt fine and he participated in batting practice. Later, however, Girardi revealed that the 13-time All-Star’s ankle was bothering him.
Girardi said Jeter could return to the lineup as soon as Wednesday.
Jeter fractured his left ankle during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series last October. He had surgery later that month and played in his first Spring Training game on March 9. He has three hits in 11 at-bats in Grapefruit League action thus far.
This, is not good news.