Jeter won't see game action until next week

Jeter won't see game action until next week

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will not play in another Minor League game until at least next week, according to general manager Brian Cashman on Wednesday.

Jeter last played in a game on Saturday, when he grounded out in four at-bats as a designated hitter against the Pirates' Triple-A club.

Jeter reported feeling soreness in his surgically repaired left ankle the next day and has been receiving treatment. Cashman said that he does not expect Jeter to play until after the weekend.

"He was here today with the physical therapist getting treatment and doing some work that way, so we'll give him a few days to calm down," Cashman said. "We'll back off completely. He won't be doing anything; he won't be playing any games here for the next few days."

Cashman said that this should not be considered a new issue for Jeter, who will miss his first Opening Day since 2001 when he begins the season on the disabled list.

"We're just trying to back off and eliminate the pain," Cashman said.

Eduardo Nunez is expected to serve as the Yankees' Opening Day shortstop. Because of Jeter's recurring ankle soreness, Cashman said that he cannot project a realistic date that he will return to the Yankees' lineup.

Jeter will remain in Florida when the team goes north, and Cashman said that the Yankees must see Jeter play shortstop for nine innings in back-to-back extended spring training games before they will consider activating him.

"We'll get him going again, but I can't tell you what that date is going to be," Cashman said. "I know we'll have him back. I just can't tell you when yet."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.