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MRI shows mild inflammation in Derek Jeter’s left ankle

Mar 19, 2013, 8:34 PM EDT

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter began feeling discomfort in his surgically-repaired left ankle on Monday in spring camp, so the Yankees sent him for a range of tests on Tuesday afternoon to ensure that everything was structurally intact. And it was.

According to CBS Sports’ Scott Miller, X-rays were negative and an MRI showed only mild inflammation in Jeter’s ankle. He is considered day-to-day and should return to Grapefruit League action soon.

The Yankees will probably have to stick Jeter at designated hitter off and on in the early part of the 2013 season while he rebuilds the strength around his left ankle.

Jeter, 38, hit .316/.362/.429 with 15 homers and 58 RBI in 159 games last year.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:37 PM

    In other words, this mild problem does not affect the Doom Watch!

    • cur68 - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:49 PM

      DoomWatch remains at DoomCondition 2.5.

      • proudlycanadian - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:55 PM

        Is a DoomCondition 2.5 similar to being partly pregnant?

      • bigharold - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:53 AM

        We here on the bridge of the Death Star scoff at you doom, .. with a small “d”.

  2. dondada10 - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:50 PM


  3. buffalomafia - Mar 19, 2013 at 8:51 PM

    Uh ooooh DOOM!!!!

  4. thebadguyswon - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

    They’ll still go 97-65!!!


  5. tfbuckfutter - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    It’s not that bad using Jeter at DH.

    His range at SS is just as good playing DH as it is playing SS.

    • bolweevils2 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      But a sub-.700 OPS vs. RHP for a shortstop (3 year average) is no tragedy. A sub-.700 OPS vs. RHP for a DH is pretty weak.

      (Then again, you could look at it another way. Jeter is going to be in the lineup most days one way or the other. So vs. RHP how does DH Hafner’s offense compare to SS Nunez’s offense plus the defensive boost you get from having him play SS instead of Jeter? But that’s a harder question to answer so I’ll ignore it.)

  6. cackalackyank - Mar 19, 2013 at 9:51 PM

    I think I just heard Cashman ask for Ronny Cedeno’s agents #.

  7. Glenn - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:04 PM

    It is possible that Jeter’s former range of zero could improve with an injury – he might fall into a few plays that a healthy Jeter could not get to. As a Sox fan, I am nervous.

    • Glenn - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:23 PM

      OK, I admit that I will only believe that Jeter is dead after he is buried, dug up, and stabbed through the heart with a stake – maybe only a silver stake slavered in garlic. Ditto for Rivera and Pettite.

      • chadjones27 - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:39 PM

        Why don’t you add some holy water just to be on the safe side.

  8. sportsfan22 - Mar 19, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Yankees i think are in for a long season. A lot of obstacles to overcome.

  9. ermur22 - Mar 20, 2013 at 12:42 AM

    This is going to be a loooooooooong sunset to a career….I’d say about 2 shitty seasons before he gives up his starting spot….a broke down 3rd baseman for the next 6 years and a no-range SS good luck haha!!

    • paperlions - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:47 AM

      It probably will be. Ripken had about a 5 year “sunset” during which he was below average to horrible.

  10. seattlenative57 - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:55 AM

    The subject of Jeter’s ankle (the injury, the surgery, the recovery, the non-recovery, yadayadayada) will be an ongoing narrative. It will be discussed, dissected and discussed over and over all season long. His range, and lack thereof, will continue to regress. His baserunning and speed will decline. Playing time will diminish and it will all be blamed on his ankle. Au revoir, Mr Captain. You’ve had a nice, Hall of Fame career. Now, step aside.

    • protectthishouse54 - Mar 20, 2013 at 10:12 AM

      Step aside for who? The Yanks need him and he can still play.

  11. nbjays - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    The buzzards are circling over Yankee stadium…. (doom!…doom!…doom!)

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