NEW YORK — Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle, the Yankees said Wednesday, a blow to a team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the shortstop's future.
GM Brian Cashman said Jeter, who will not need surgery, should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about four to eight weeks.
"We have to back off and let that heal," Cashman said. "This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating on when we might see Derek back with us, we'd be looking at some time after the All-Star break."
The team had repeatedly said all winter that Jeter, who was hurt in October, would be ready for opening day, but he was limited to five spring games and 11 at-bats.
Jeter, who turns 39 in June, didn't play in his first spring training game until March 9. After playing the field for consecutive days March 15-16, he felt soreness. He was scratched from the lineup March 19 and had an anti-inflammatory injection.
"He's obviously the toughest one we've ever had, and when Derek Jeter continues to have issues that don't go away, that means more than just your typical something," Cashman said.
Padres BOSS apologizes: Padres CEO Tom Garfinkel apologized to Dodgers CEO Stan Kasten for comments Garfinkel made about RHP Zack Greinke the day after the pitcher's left collarbone was broken in a brawl, including referencing Greinke's social-anxiety disorder. Garfinkel learned that a recording of his talk to a group of season-ticket holders had been forwarded to Yahoo.
Garfinkel believes Greinke intentionally threw at Carlos Quentin on April 11 and that he should not have lowered his shoulder when the Padres slugger charged.
"They can say 3-and-2 count, 2-1 game, no one does that," Garfinkel said to the fans. "Zack Greinke is a different kind of guy. Anybody see Rain Man? He's a very smart guy. He has social-anxiety disorder. He doesn't interact well with his team. He doesn't eat meals with his teammates. He spends his life studying how to get hitters out. This is my opinion, and I can't say it publicly, although I guess this is public, so please don't tweet it out. We're in the trust tree here, in the nest."
Marlins: SS Adeiny Hechavarria went on the 15-day DL with a sore throwing arm. An MRI exam revealed no significant injury, so rest is prescribed.
Phillies: LHP John Lannan was placed on the 15-day DL with a strained quadriceps tendon in his left knee.
Rangers: The team will hold a blood drive and accept donations this weekend during its home series against Seattle for victims of the fertilizer plant explosion near Waco.
Red Sox: DH David Ortiz (right Achilles) is expected to return to the Sox lineup tonight.
Late Wednesday: C Brayan Pena held onto Prince Fielder's relay and absorbed a collision with Justin Smoak at home for the final out as the Tigers outlasted the host Mariners 2-1 in 14 innings. … Clayton Kershaw gave up his first three homers of the year in a span of three innings and the Padres beat the host Dodgers 7-2 to finish a three-game sweep. … Pinch-hitter Blake Lalli lifted a single over drawn-in outfielders in the bottom of the ninth as the host Brewers beat the Giants 4-3.