Cashman wants Jeter to be available to play the field when he’s on the active roster.
“We have to get him to be able to play shortstop,” Cashman said. “I don’t think it’s going to get him healthy DHing for us.”
Jeter has not been on the DL for opening day since 2001, when he missed the first four games after straining his right quadriceps during a spring training game that March 16. Two years later, he dislocated his left shoulder in the opener during a collision at third base with Toronto catcher Ken Huckaby, who was covering the bag. Jeter was sidelined until May 13.
Seeking their 18th playoff berth in 19 years, the Yankees’ batting order figure to be missing almost half its regulars when the season starts.
Rodriguez isn’t expected back until after the All-Star break following left hip surgery on Jan. 16. Teixeira hasn’t ruled out missing the first two months of the season because of a partially torn tendon sheath in his right wrist, an injury sustained while taking swings off a tee with the U.S. at the World Baseball Classic on March 5. Granderson is expected to be out until the first week of May after breaking his right forearm when he was hit by a pitch from Toronto’s J.A. Happ on Feb. 24 in his first spring training at-bat.
In addition, New York allowed Nick Swisher, Raul Ibanez, Russell Martin and Eric Chavez to depart as free agents.