Derek Jeter was scratched from the Yankees lineup Tuesday with stiffness in his surgically repaired left ankle.
Jeter stretched with the team before the game, walking off the field early and calling team trainer Steve Donohue into the clubhouse.
Joe Girardi was informed by Donohue that Jeter's ankle was giving him trouble, prompting the manager to scratch him.
"We'll just take it day-by-day," Girardi said.
Jeter played three games at shortstop in the past week, reporting no issues along the way.
"I'm not concerned," Jeter said.
Jeter said he was told by doctors before the spring that this could happen, so he wasn't worried and didn't consider this a setback.
Jeter said he would have played if this had been a regular-season game.
"I'm frustrated I can't go out there and play, but it's part of the whole rehab process," Jeter said. "I'll play as soon as I can play."