Jeter minor-league bound

TAMPA, Fla. -- Derek Jeter will be spending the final 10 days of spring training at the Yankees minor-league complex and has played his last game of the spring with the major-league club.

It is a technicality that preserves the right of the Yankees to place Jeter on the disabled list backdated to March 22 if they determine that the stiffness and soreness the 38-year-old shortstop suffered this week in his surgically-repaired left ankle is serious enough to preclude him from starting the regular season with club. In that case, he would go on the DL as of March 22 and be eligible to play in the Yankees sixth game of the regular season, scheduled for Sunday, April 7 in Detroit, barring any early-season rainouts.

It is all speculative, of course, since Jeter has not been officially cleared to resume baseball activities yet, although GM Brian Cashman said the cortisone shot Jeter took in his ankle on Wednesday provided "immediate relief." Jeter came in today and said he felt well enough to play "if he had to" tonight, which of course is not an option.

I'll have more details in a news story on the website shortly.