If Jeter does go on the disabled list, Eduardo Nunez will take his place in the lineup.
Jeter fractured his ankle during last season’s American League Championship Series and had surgery on Oct. 20 to repair the break. He has only 12 plate appearances this spring.
“I can’t rule it out until we see how the next 10 days goes,” Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. “I’m not saying he’s going on the DL, but I can’t tell he won’t be. We’ve got to do what’s right for him and what’s right for the team.”
Jeter went to a doctor Tuesday afternoon and had X-rays on the ankle, which came back negative. He also had an MRIn which revealed “mild inflammation” in the ankle.
The Yankees, already suffering enough injury woes, will head into Opening Day without Mark Teixeira, Alex Rodriguez, and Curtis Granderson who are all expected to miss significant time due to various injuries.