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Derek Jeter fractures ankle, out for postseason

Oct 14, 2012, 12:53 AM EDT

New York Yankees shortstop Jeter screams as he injures himself fielding a ball hit by  Detroit Tigers' Peralta during the 12th inning of Game 1 of their MLB ALCS playoff baseball series in New York Reuters

Derek Jeter suffered a fractured left ankle diving for a Jhonny Peralta grounder in the 12th inning of Saturday’s loss to the Tigers and will miss the rest of the postseason.

The Yankees were down 5-4 when Jeter ranged to his left in order to make a play. He grabbed the ball but tumbled down awkwardly and didn’t get up. In obvious pain, he was helped off the field without putting any weight on the leg.

With a clean break being the initial diagnosis, Jeter is expected to miss about three months, meaning he should be ready for spring training.

In Jeter’s absence, the Yankees will undoubtedly restore Eduardo Nunez to the roster for Sunday’s Game 2. Nunez took part in the ALDS, but he was replaced by reliever Cody Eppley prior to Saturday’s game, as the Yankees opted to go with 12 pitchers against the Tigers. Nunez will share time with Jayson Nix at shortstop the rest of the way.

Jeter was 1-for-5 with a walk and two strikeouts before departing tonight. Including the series against the Orioles, he was 9-for-24 (.375) with two RBI and three runs scored in October.

Jeter is the all-time postseason leader with 158 games played, 200 hits, 32 doubles and 111 runs scored.

See also: It’s just not the postseason without Derek Jeter.

  1. lgwelsh1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 2:29 AM

    Derek inspires and leads, that’s why he is revered among professional athletes in all of sports. he has transended baseball, you look at him as a LEADER more than a player. That’s greatness.

    • jason9696 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:35 AM

      Transcended baseball? Thanks for the Sunday morning laugh.

  2. blackdonnelly - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:44 AM

    I despise the Yankess but respect Jeter as a player. He’s put in the work season after season – here’s hoping he comes back.

  3. badintent - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:09 AM


  4. denverdude7 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:22 AM

    I don’t respect the Yankees or their “hire the top mercenaries” style of assembling a team. I believe it is bad for the sport of baseball as it deprives countless kids the thrill of a pennant chase in far too many cities. Until baseball adopts a hard salary cap and levels the playing field for all of it’s teams it is simply not worth wasting time to watch.

    That being said, Derek Jeter is a class act and I wish him a speedy recovery. Come back strong next season Derek. Men like you are needed more now than ever in our devolving society.

  5. roverboy1949 - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:26 AM

    As a Red Sox fan, there are few things about the Yankees that I like, but Mr. Jeter is one of them. Come back next year at full strength so we can kick your butt. Get well soon. We will miss seeing you.

  6. tominma - Oct 14, 2012 at 7:35 AM

    Im a Red Sox fan. I think Yankee’s suck!

    If this was Jeter’s last game, I salute him as one of the great Yankees. He has always been one helluva player, and a class act. He’s one of those players that you wish would never retire. Someday he will join the pantheon of Yankee greats.

  7. haterrus - Oct 14, 2012 at 8:43 AM

    great day for yankees hater everywhere …I guess Jeffery Maier can’t help you this year …time to retire Jeter—go to tampa and live in your 34 room house ALONE

    Time to put A-roid at SS begin the transition now

    • klingonj - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:43 AM

      so its a great day for you azzhat. even the hard core Boston fans that despise the Yankees with every fiber of their being can be classy enough to say something nice. you on the other deserve the karma backlash that is coming in your direction.
      now go back to your basement till your Mom says your hotpockets are ready

  8. tgr4evr - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:11 AM

    i’m a huge tiger fan and yankee hater. but i feel bad for jeter (native michigander). he put some integrity into an otherwise franchise full of a$$holes (with the exception of granderson … dude is real)

  9. shockgee - Oct 14, 2012 at 10:16 AM

    Too bad, not sad, bye-bye. It’s about damn time. Can’t stand watching that muppet when he steps up to the plate. Loved that Swisher tanked that play prior to it happening.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:25 AM

      Really, why do you even bother commenting in these threads? All I’ve ever seen you do in the comments section is show your ass. I guess you are really impressed you can make those little letters appear when typing with your knuckles?

    • stex52 - Oct 14, 2012 at 4:15 PM

      You know the Ultimate Fighters website is missing you. Why don’t you drag your knuckles back over there.

  10. ragsrus - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    How pathetic are these Yankee haters?? Your jealousy makes me laugh. Please don’t leave your moms basement.

  11. stlouis1baseball - Oct 14, 2012 at 11:57 AM

    I am an admitted Yankees basher.
    That in mind…if/when the Yankees play in the postseason baseball is far better of w/ Jeter playing short. Dude’s a baseball player.

  12. retief1954 - Oct 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

    My favorite team is any team playing NYY. But, c’mon… I hated seeing the photo of him on the ground grimacing in pain. Jeter IS Major League Baseball these days. He keeps his mouth shut and plays, hard, and with sustained excellence. One of the toughest outs around, especially with the game in the balance. If he’s not a UNANIMOUS first-ballot HOF’er, something is seriously wrong. Glad to hear it seems to be a straightforward injury and he’s expected back at full strength next year.

  13. stex52 - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM

    No particular feelings about the Yankees here.

    But if you hate Jeter, you know nothing of baseball. If you are happy about his injury, you are a lowlife who needs to crawl off to a football site.

  14. tuffnstuff - Oct 14, 2012 at 3:14 PM

    Jeter plays hard, always. This is something that will never be understood by those who just get by.

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