Derek Jeter will likely join Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson on the New York Yankees’ star-studded disabled list for the season opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 1.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman says it’s “more likely than not” Jeter will start on the DL because of a sore left ankle, still recovering from surgery last October.
“April 1 is unrealistic in my mind now,” Cashman said Sunday. “There’s nothing new going on other than growing pains as he gets through these final hurdles of his rehab.”
The 38-year-old Jeter, who has repeatedly vowed to be ready for opening day, played in his first big league spring training game on March 9 as a designated hitter. He returned to shortstop four days later, then played consecutive games on March 15 and 16 before inflammation kept him out of the lineup.
REDS: Third base coach Mark Berry says he has been diagnosed with cancer on his tonsils and neck lymph nodes.
The 50-year-old traveled to Cincinnati on Wednesday to have a biopsy taken on his lymph nodes. The results came back positive.
Berry, who has been in the Reds organization for 30 years as a player, minor league manager and coach, told the team Sunday.
Berry, who has been third base coach since 2003. The have not decided whether he will continue in that capacity or move to the bench on manager Dusty Baker’s staff.
PADRES: Released veteran right-handed pitcher Freddy Garcia, eliminating one candidate for the No. 5 spot in their starting rotation.
Garcia, who signed a minor-league contract with the Padres this offseason, had a difficult spring. He was 1-4 with an 8.71 ERA in six starts, allowing 25 runs and 26 hits in 20⅔ innings. If he had been added to the 40-man roster, Garcia would have received a one-year deal with $1.3 million.
The 36-year-old was competing with rookie Tyson Ross for the final spot in San Diego’s rotation.
ASTROS: Shortstop Ronny Cedeno agreed Sunday to a one-year contract with Houston, which also informed infielder Tyler Greene he will not make the season-opening roster.