MLB notes: Yankees' Jeter could be out until May

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (L) talks with guest instructor Jorge Posada (R) during the...

New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter (L) talks with guest instructor Jorge Posada (R) during the fourth inning of a MLB spring training baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Tampa, Florida, March 15, 2013. REUTERS/Steve Nesius

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Derek Jeter's return to the New York Yankees might not come until May.

Manager Joe Girardi indicated Friday that Jeter needs more spring training-like work before his surgically repaired left ankle is ready for a major league game. Jeter has remained in Florida for rehabilitation since the season started Monday.

"I think our hope is to get him out on the field soon," Girardi said, stressing that Jeter needs time. "I don't think you could say it's going to be playing three or four games and he'll be back. He's going to have to go through somewhat of a spring training. How many weeks he needs, I think it depends on how he bounces back each day when he goes out and plays."

In his place at shortstop in the Yankees' lineup, Eduardo Nunez was hitting .400 entering Friday's game against the Detroit, but Nunez left after he was hit by a pitch from Doug Fister.

MINOR LEAGUERS SUSPENDED

Two minor league players were suspended by Major League Baseball Friday after testing positive for drugs.

Pitcher Vaughn Covington, who is on the roster of the Cincinnati Reds' rookie-level Arizona League Reds, received a 50-game suspension after a second violation of the drug policy. His suspension takes effect at the start of the season. Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim minor league catcher Carlos Ramirez also was suspended for 50 games for a second violation of the drug policy. Ramirez is on the roster of the Double-A Arkansas Travelers.

O'S ROBERTS OUT

Baltimore Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will be out two to four weeks while a ruptured tendon in his knee heals. The injury, which occurred when he was stealing second in the Orioles' win over Tampa Bay on Thursday, is in the back of the knee and won't require surgery, according to the Baltimore Sun.

The 35-year-old Roberts has struggled with injuries, including concussions, since 2009. But he was off to a good start in 2012 before getting hurt, going 5 for 12 with one RBI at the plate after hitting .310 in spring training.

WHITE NEEDS SURGERY

Houston Astros pitcher Alex White needs to have Tommy John elbow surgery and will be sidelined the entire season, HardballTalk.com reported. White was in line to be the Astros fourth starter this season, but he experienced soreness in his right elbow in spring training. White, 24, was 2-9 with a 5.51 ERA for Colorado last season.

BRIEFLY

The Minnesota Twins placed pitcher Cole De Vries on the disabled list on Friday with a strained forearm. De Vries was scheduled to take the place of injured Scott Diamond in the Twins' rotation but the Twins were forced to call up Pedro Hernandez to make Sunday's start ... Former big leaguers Dontrelle Willis and Vladimir Guerrero signed with the Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League. Willis was released by the Chicago Cubs before the start of the regular season while Guerrero hasn't played in the majors sing 2011 with Baltimore.

-- Sun media wire services


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