Brian Cashman says Yankees won't rush Derek Jeter back
SARASOTA, Fla. -- Don't expect Derek Jeter on the field any time soon.
That seemed to be the message of general manager Brian Cashman Wednesday when he discussed the shortstop, who is set to begin the season on the disabled list.
"Right now, a lot of treatment," Cashman said. "He was here today at 11 [a.m.] with the physical therapist, getting treatment and doing some work that way, so we're going to give it a few days to calm down. So we'll back off completely. He won't be playing in any games here in the next few days."
Jeter will be backdated to the DL March 22, making him eligible to rejoin the Yankees April 6. Jeter, coming off surgery on a broken left ankle, said Tuesday he was done putting "dates" on his goals, his original one of being ready by Opening Day already up in smoke.
Cashman isn't putting any dates out, either. "Right now, I think rest and backing off just to give the ankle soreness a chance to calm down and then we'll get him going again," he said.
Lyle Overbay, brought in Tuesday after being released by the Red Sox and inserted into that night's game where he made two nice plays in the field, started last night against the Orioles.
Speaking of Overbay's chances of making the team, Cashman said, "He'll play tonight. We'll see him tomorrow. We'll probably make a call one way or the other."
Robinson Cano was a late scratch last night, though not because of injury. The second baseman, coming off his standout World Baseball Classic, came down with a stomach bug, according to manager Joe Girardi.