Should be obvious by now, but Brian Cashman said today that Derek Jeter will not be ready to join the Yankees on April 6, the day he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. For the second day in a row, Jeter strictly played catch and got treatment on his left ankle down in Tampa. He’s going to have to start taking grounders and batting practice before he can get in a game, and he’s going to have to get in multiple games before he can return to New York.
• Phil Hughes will, in fact, start Saturday in Triple-A. That means David Phelps will be the Yankees starter for the second game in Detroit.
• Nothing significant to report on Curtis Granderson, who’s still tracking fly balls but has yet to take the brace off his broken forearm. Cashman indicated that Granderson is progressing, but the next step isn’t especially imminent.
• Also nothing new on either Michael Pineda or Cesar Cabral, each of whom is still going through their throwing program. Cashman said he remains encouraged by Pineda’s progress. “Everything’s gone great,” he said.
• Not sure the status of Ronnier Mustelier, but he’s not on Scranton/Wilkes-Barre’s opening roster. He was left behind in Tampa to rehab his sore knee.