The New York Yankees might be minus Derek Jeter on Opening Day.The star shortstop missed his second straight exhibition game Wednesday because of inflammation in his surgically repaired left ankle. General manager Brian Cashman said there was a chance Jeter could begin the season on the disabled list.“At this stage, I just don’t know, so all I can do is acknowledge it’s a possibility,” Cashman said.The 38-year-old Jeter received an anti-inflammatory injection in his ankle. The Yankees start the regular season April 1 at home against Boston.“We’ve got to do what’s right for him,” Cashman said. “Whatever’s right for him will be right for us. I’m not saying he’s going to be DLed, but I can’t tell you it won’t be. I don’t think it’s anything serious, I just think it’s a timing issue.”Jeter broke his ankle last year in the first game of the AL championship series against Detroit. He waited a while before making his debut in a spring training game, starting out as a designated hitter on March 9 and later playing in the field for the first time.“We’ve got to be in a position where he plays a full nine innings of defense, and be able to do back to back (games) and all this other stuff,” Cashman said. “We’ll see how he responds, but I can’t give you certainty now that what he’s just experienced isn’t going to push it back a little bit.”Cashman says he doesn’t know when Jeter will resume playing in spring training games. He was removed from the lineup against Philadelphia on Tuesday for “precautionary” reasons because his ankle felt stiff.Eduardo Nunez would replace Jeter at shortstop if he’s not ready for the opener. Nunez feels no added pressure, saying there will be “nobody like Derek Jeter.”“I’ll do my best,” Nunez said.Briefly• Braves: Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons each hit two home runs and Atlanta walloped Pittsburgh 18-9. Freeman went 4 for 4 and drove in four runs. He’s hit five of his seven spring homers in the past six games and is batting .373 (22 for 59) this spring.• Orioles: Former Weatherford High School standout Zach Britton allowed five runs and seven hits in 1 2-3 innings a 6-5 win over Toronto. Competing with Jake Arrieta, Steve Johnson and Brian Matusz and perhaps others for the No. 5 spot, Britton took a huge step back as his spring ERA fell to 6.10.• Dodgers: Shortstop Hanley Ramirez could be sidelined for more than two months or maybe just two weeks because of an injured left thumb. “They’ve painted both pictures, and it’s a pretty big window,” Dodgers manager Don Mattingly said Wednesday. “We’re guessing.” Ramirez was hurt diving for a ball while playing third base Tuesday night in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic. He helped the Dominican Republic beat Puerto Rico 3-0.• Diamondbacks: Arizona traded shortstop John McDonald to Pittsburgh for a player to be named or cash, giving the Pirates some much-needed infield depth. The trade came two days after Pirates backup shortstop Chase d’Arnaud, injured in a rundown drill earlier, had surgery for a torn ligament in his left thumb. He is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks.• Astros: Right-hander Bud Norris will start for the Houston Astros in the major league season opener against Texas Rangers on March 31.The Astros announced Wednesday that Norris will throw the first pitch of the season. The Astros will host Texas in their first game since joining the American League in that Sunday night opener.Norris was 7-13 last year. He is 2-0 with a 5.52 ERA in four spring training starts.Lucas Harrell will start the second game for Houston against the Rangers on April 2.The Astros said pitchers Jordan Lyles and John Ely have been optioned to Triple-A. Lyles, who had been expected to be in the rotation, went 0-3 with a 17.74 ERA in five spring games.• Yankees: The New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will honor the community of Newtown and the memory of those killed in the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School when the teams play opening day April 1 at Yankee Stadium.Pregame ceremonies include a joint honor guard of Newtown police and firefighters, and a moment of silence at which time a list of the victims’ names will be recognized on the center-field scoreboard.The Yankees and Red Sox will wear a special ribbon on their uniforms. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig has asked that all other 28 major league teams wear the ribbon during their opening games.• Nationals: Bryce Harper had two hits and drove in four runs to help Washington beat Miami 7-5. Harper had a two-run double in the third and a two-run single in the fifth, raising his spring batting average to .400 (20-for-50) with 12 RBIs. Chris Young allowed two hits in five innings. He walked one and struck out two.