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Derek Jeter likely to need surgery

Oct 15, 2012, 10:30 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

A source tells Wallace Matthews of ESPN New York that Derek Jeter will likely need surgery on his broken ankle.

While he has yet to meet with the specialist in North Carolina who will make that final determination, Matthews is reporting that Jeter suffered ligament damage making surgery necessary.  The surgery should not affect his availability for spring training.

The stuff further down in Matthews article is what I find most interesting: the speculation that the bone bruise Jeter had already been suffering from was painful enough that it messed with his footwork, which in turn made the awkward steps which led to the broken ankle happen.  It’s hard to really know the causation in play there, but it seems plausible.

  1. philsieg - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:44 AM

    There are very pressing questions surrounding the Cap’n’s injury. What kind of gift basket is appropriate for his post-op recovery? Who should sent it? And most importantly, what kind of signed…somethings…should be in it?

  2. willclarkgameface - Oct 15, 2012 at 10:56 AM

    I can’t wait for the ESPN ticker to give us CAPTAIN UPDATES on a daily basis. If it were up to him, I’d sure Ernie Johnson would give Derek a sponge bath during his entire stay at the hospital. And what is Tim McCarver going to do now that he can’t salivate over Yankee success on a nightly basis because he’s doing the NLCS?

    The world is just in chaos. I can’t take it anymore.

  3. nobody78 - Oct 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    You know, when you look at the replay, Jeter was VERY composed for a guy who had just snapped his ankle. Repeatedly posting that picture from the 2 seconds when he was wincing doesn’t really capture the moment very well.

    *What, you Yankee fans can’t even bear the thought that your Captain feels pain when he breaks his ankle? Does wincing make him seem to close to us ordinary mortals? Jeez, this is supposed to be a news site, not Yankee hagiography.*

    Yes, sure. And of course it’s not a big deal. But I know if it were me, it’d bug me a bit to see this picture plastered everywhere, is all I’m saying.

  4. Francisco (FC) - Oct 15, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Aw man, the Yankee’s went from Captain Jeets to Captain Morgan (At this point only Rum can dull the pain…)

  5. johngaltx - Oct 15, 2012 at 2:24 PM

    Look at the bottoms of Jeter’s shoes, full of packed in mud. It is the top of the twelfth inning and the Yankee Stadium infield is still muddy from the grounds crew spraying water on the dirt. When the game started the infield was dark and wet except for long narrow patches near the bases where the dirt was kept dry for what seemed like sliding lanes. Why are they hosing down the infield so heavily? Are they trying to slow down the Tigers? Trying to stop Fielder from taking that extra base? Trying to get someone hurt?

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