TAMPA, Fla. —New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will start the regular season on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps.
I know he feels obligated to be ready, but I'm still more comfortable having him take the extra four, five days and that's what it came down to, Yankees manager Joe Torre said Saturday.
I know he probably could go out and play, but again, because it's such a short time being away, you really have to look at the big picture, Torre said. He did not try and talk me out of it. Once I said this is what I want to do, that was it. He did not, even kiddingly, try to change my mind.
The Yankees also placed outfielders Henry Rodriguez (back strain) and Shane Spencer (knee), along with pitcher Ramiro Mendoza (shoulder) on the 15-day disabled list. Pitcher Darrell Einertson (rotator cuff) was put on the 60-day DL.
Scott Seabol, who hit .296 with 20 homers and 78 RBIs at Double-A Norwich last season, will replace Rodriguez.
Jeter has played the field past two days in minor league games after being sidelined two weeks. He admitted Saturday that he still feels the injury when running.
I don't feel it walking around, Jeter said. The only time I feel it is when I run.
Jeter will continue working out at the Yankees' extended spring training camp. He appeared in just five major league spring games, going 3-for-15.
I don't want to be down here, Jeter said. I told him I'm ready and I told them I could play. I said my part. Everybody wants to play opening day. You don't want to miss games.
The 2000 World Series MVP, also sidelined by a right shoulder injury and viral throat infection this spring, did not try plead his case with the Yankees.
You know I'm not going to tell them anyway, Jeter said. What I tell them, I don't think they'll listen to it.
D'Angelo Jimenez will take Jeter's spot on the opening day roster. Luis Sojo is likely to start at shortstop against Kansas City on Monday and bat eighth, with second baseman Alfonso Soriano moving from the No. 8 slot to No. 2. -- The Associated Press
Orosco becomes a free agent
LOS ANGELES Jesse Orosco refused a minor league assignment with the Dodgers to become a free agent, and the pitcher's agent criticized Los Angeles general manager Kevin Malone.
Jesse was promised he would be on the team if he was healthy and he's healthy, agent Alan Meersand said after Friday's roster move. In baseball, you're only as good as your word, and I'll never be able to trust Kevin Malone again.
Malone declined to comment.
Orosco, who has appeared in more games than any pitcher in baseball history, signed a minor league contract Feb. 8 and was 0-3 with a 6.35 ERA in nine spring training appearances,
Orosco had hoped to become a left-handed setup man for the Dodgers.
I felt like something was going on the last four or five days, but I thought I'd just ride it out, Orosco said. -- The Associated Press