Derek Jeter was out of the New York Yankees lineup for the second consecutive day Wednesday because of inflammation in his surgically-repaired left ankle.
The shortstop received a shot of cortisone Wednesday morning after he reported stiffness a day earlier and will be sitting out a few more days.
While Jeter tries to rebound from the broken ankle in time for Opening Day, general manager Brian Cashman is already bracing for the possibility of Jeter starting the season on the disabled list.
"I can't rule it out," Cashman said Wednesday.
When asked about Jeter's readiness for the April 1 game against the Boston Red Sox Cashman said, "I don't know yet.
"The season's starting to approach. I know if you ask him it would be a certainty but in fairness I don't know yet."
The Yankees consulted with the doctors that performed the surgery on Jeter's ankle last October.
"It's not a surprise," Cashman said about the setback. "Eventually at some point ... he'll be past it."
Jeter was told the same thing.
"From everything I've been told by the doctors," said Jeter about the inflamed ankle. "This is normal."
Eduardo Nunez would take over at shortstop if Jeter is unable to play.