New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will not have to play more time in the early stages of the MLB season after it was revealed that his back-up will be absent for the opening of the season. 

The Yankees are planning to head into the season without a shortstop but it's not their most high profile one that they have to worry about. 

Jeter is currently fit and raring to go ahead of his final year before retirement. However, back-up Brendan Ryan will miss the start of the year, which includes 13 games in 13 days for the Yankees. 

Ryan was left out of the starting line-up for the Yankees latest spring training game yesterday, and it's understood that he will miss the start of the season. 

The setback for Ryan follows other troubles that saw him sidelined since March 4 due to a lower-back injury. Ryan has insisted that the two injuries are not related, and he's believed to have undergone tests today.

“He was pretty stiff today,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. “He wasn’t moving real good. You get back spasms up there, you kind of lock up.”

Girardi maintains that Ryan’s lack of availability will not impact on Jeter’s scheduled playing time.

“I can’t let someone’s playing depend on whether there’s an injury or not to someone else,” Girardi said. “You still have to adjust to that player.”

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