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Derek Jeter undergoes surgery to repair left ankle fracture

Oct 20, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT

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The Yankees just announced that Derek Jeter underwent surgery today in North Carolina to repair a left ankle fracture.

Jeter battled foot and ankle injuries down the stretch, but he suffered the fracture while trying to make a play on a ground ball in the 12th inning in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers last Saturday. He’s expected to need 4-5 months of recovery time, which puts him on pace to be ready somewhere around the start of spring training in February if all goes well.

Any setbacks could put Jeter at risk for missing the start of the 2013 season, but Yankees general manager Brian Cashman told Bryan Hoch of MLB.com this week that a shortstop isn’t on his offseason shopping list and that he’s prepared to forge ahead with Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix as backups.

“I haven’t looked at that at this stage,” Cashman said. “We do have Eduardo Nunez, we have Jayson Nix [as backups]. So it’s not something we’ve focused on, and I wouldn’t think that that’s something I would gravitate to.”

Jeter, 38, continued to defy father time this year by batting .316/.362/.429 with 15 home runs, 58 RBI and a .791 OPS while leading the majors with 216 hits. He is owed $17 million next season while his contract includes an $8 million player option or $3 million buyout for 2014.

  1. succulentnipples - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:15 PM

    They better get plenty of gift baskets ready and fuel up the limos. The man is going to need some company to help sooth the pain.

    • Old Gator - Oct 20, 2012 at 2:32 PM

      They could always round up a few of his discarded Miss Universe runnerups and teach them how to handle a bedpan.

  2. sictransitchris - Oct 20, 2012 at 3:22 PM

    same damn jokes every single article.

  3. pisano - Oct 20, 2012 at 4:52 PM

    The joke is Cashman thinking of Nunez as a SS, I guess he hasn’t seen the games Nunez has played in the field, and besides that, he’s not all that much with the bat either. They better keep their eyes and ears open for a SS just in case.

  4. willclarkgameface - Oct 20, 2012 at 5:09 PM

    In the process, I’m sure the doctor was female, Jeter gave it to her hard, left her a signed baseball, and will never call her again – not even for a check-up on his ankle.

    He’s THAT good.

  5. banggbiskit - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:14 PM

    Any negative comment towards Jeter and his ‘revolving door’ of women is just jealousy, what else could it be?

  6. theawesomersfranchise - Oct 20, 2012 at 7:56 PM

    The Yankees are going nowhere, he should just walk away from the game now and retire.

  7. richwizl - Oct 20, 2012 at 8:32 PM

    Just give him his juice, he’ll be fine.

  8. jimeejohnson - Oct 20, 2012 at 9:03 PM

    Randy?

  9. samurai3939 - Oct 20, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    Love the utter moron who said the team with one of the best records in baseball this year is “going nowhere”.

    • raysfan1 - Oct 21, 2012 at 1:29 AM

      Not to mention the utter moron who accused Jeter of steroid use with no evidence whatsoever.

  10. mgp1219 - Oct 21, 2012 at 9:24 AM

    Any negative comments about Jeter are surely being sent from Boston and/or Queens. Jealousy is what makes them think that way.

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