TAMPA, Fla. -- If you had to wager your paycheck on which member of the Yankees would spot the silver lining in the team's growing list of spring injuries, Derek Jeter seems to be the ideal choice.
"It might be a good thing. Get them all out of the way, you hope," Jeter said. "It's better to have them early as opposed to late, but I always try to look at the positive in things."
Mark Teixeira is out eight to 10 weeks with a strained tendon in his right wrist, and before Jeter knew the extent of the injury, he was already prepared for the possibility of the Yankees having to get by for a time without their first baseman.
"The good teams find a way to get it done, and that's what you're going to have to do," Jeter said. "In terms of Tex, hopefully he's not out long."
The Yankees have already had too much activity in the trainer's room this spring. In addition to Curtis Granderson and Teixeira, Phil Hughes is questionable to start the season with a bulging disk and Boone Logan has been unable to pitch because of left elbow soreness.
Even Cashman joined the crowd, fracturing his right fibula and dislocating his right ankle in a skydiving stunt to benefit the Wounded Warrior Project on Monday.
Just about the only morsel of good news was that Ichiro Suzuki escaped injury when his SUV was totaled in a traffic collision last week. Those maladies were added to the list of rehabbing players in camp, which include Jeter (left ankle), Mariano Rivera (right knee) and CC Sabathia (left elbow).
"Every team goes through it," Jeter said. "Look at Boston; they went through a lot of injuries last year. Every team goes through injuries. You just have to find a way to overcome it. We went through some injuries last year, but we were able to overcome them.
"That's a normal part of the year. It's something that people never take into consideration when they try to figure out who has the best team or who's going to win. It's part of the game."
As for Cashman's injury, Jeter said that the GM's experience with the U.S. Army Golden Knights clinched that you will never hear about the Yankees' captain seeking his thrills with a parachute.
"That just confirms that I will never jump out of an airplane," Jeter said. "It's a freak thing, man. That's scary. I have a scooter and a wheelchair if he wants to use it."