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Forget about seeing Derek Jeter back with the Yankees next month. The club got disturbing news Thursday that the Captain suffered a setback in his recovery from off-season left ankle surgery and is now not expected to return to active duty until after the All-Star break in mid-July.
Jeter had been working out in the extended spring training camp at Tampa, Fla., taking batting practice and fielding ground balls. His workload was halted recently as apparently the shortstop was dealing with some discomfort. He last played in an extended spring game March 23. A CT scan of the area revealed the cause. Jeter has a small crack in the area of his left ankle.
The ailment is not serious enough to require another surgery, but a time frame of anywhere from four to eight weeks of rest is required. Yankees manager Joe Girardi has said that Jeter needs the equivalent of a full spring training before he can return, and this situation pushes him back even further.
Jeter, 38, was scheduled to travel to Charlotte, N.C., Thursday to visit Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the operation last October on the left ankle DJ fractured during the American League Championship Series against the Tigers.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that he was pleased with the work Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix have done at shortstop in Jeter’s absence and indicated that help at the position from outside the organization is not expected. The Yankees are not the only club with an injured shortstop. The Blue Jays’ Jose Reyes will be sidelined for two months because of a sprained left ankle.
For those who thought that Jeter had a chance to chase Pete Rose’s career hits record, this latest development probably queers that for good. Not that Jeet was expected to make such a run. He continually avoided questions about challenging Rose’s all-time hits mark of 4,256. Jeter ranks 10th on the career list with 3,304 – 11 hits behind ninth-place Eddie Collins. Jeter would have to play at least five more seasons for any shot at catching Rose, an unlikely scenario for someone who turns 39 in two months.
Did Wednesday’s rainout help or hurt the Yankees?
Well, a little bit of both.
On the positive side, the extra day made Phil Hughes and Boone Logan available if need be in Game 4, which as a potential elimination game is an all-hands-on-deck situation regarding the pitching staff.
On the negative side, the delay means that Game 4 starter CC Sabathia cannot come back in the series if the Yankees somehow push this series to the limit and start Game 7. The only way that would happen would be if Sabathia had a brief outing Thursday, which the Yankees do not want, of course.
Meanwhile, Derek Jeter is now looking at perhaps a lengthier recovery period from his broken left ankle. Jeet will undergo surgery Oct. 20 in Charlotte, N.C., by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson, who said that the Captain’s recovery is expected to take four to five months, rather than three months, which had been announced initially.
It was speculated that perhaps there was more ligament damage to Jeter, who got hurt in the 12th and final inning of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series while fielding a ground ball. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that was not the case.
“I believe that Dr. Anderson just put in a more conservative timeframe on it, as it was explained to me,” Cashman said, “So there’s no new information, nothing seen worse than what our team doctor saw. But in terms of the timeframe, I just think he wanted to be more conservative with it. So that’s what we’re going to go with. My understanding is that it’s possible he will be ready earlier than that timeframe, but it is best to at least put out there four, five months as a safer bet.”
The Yankees are still expecting Jeter to be ready by the start of spring training, although the more conservative timeframe could delay him until early March.