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Derek Jeter gets cortisone shot in surgically repaired ankle

Mar 20, 2013, 1:20 PM EDT

New York Yankees infielder Jeter walks to the dugout after stretching during a workout at the team's MLB spring training complex at George M. Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Florida. Reuters

Yesterday an MRI exam on Derek Jeter‘s surgically repaired ankle showed mild inflammation after he complained of soreness and today the Yankees shortstop got a cortisone injection.

General manager Brian Cashman stressed that the setback isn’t a severe one, but also told Bryan Hoch of that Jeter’s status for Opening Day could be in question:

The season is starting to approach. I know if you asked him, Opening Day would be a certainty. In fairness, I don’t know yet. He’s got to be in position where he could play a full nine innings of defense, be able to do back-to-back [games] and other stuff. There’s some time left. We’ll see how he responds, but I can’t give you certainty.

Players typically take at least a few days off following cortisone injections even if they’re feeling good, at which point Jeter would have about a week to get himself ready for Game 1.

  1. mybrunoblog - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    Can’t be good when you get cortisone is spring training. Hope I am wrong.
    Watching Jeter excel is not only great or Yankee fans but good for baseball in general. With two more solid seasons people will start more Jeter breaking Roses record talk. I don’t think he’ll ever get that close but it sure would be fun.

    • bigharold - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:39 PM

      As a Yankee and a Jeter fan, .. frankly I’d rather not hear anything about Jeter and Rose’s record. It’s not very likely that he’ll not only stick around another 5 seasons. .. until he’s in his mid 40s, .. but also have 5 very good, 190 or so hit seasons too.

      Is it out of the question no. In fact if there is ANYBODY in MLB that might do it, .. I’d bet on Jeter. But, lets be realistic it’s also not likely.

      Lets just sit back an enjoy the last two maybe three seasons of a HoF player. Even Yankee haters have to give him credit. He’s a once in a generation player.

  2. alang3131982 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:54 PM


  3. aceshigh11 - Mar 20, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    What other options are there for him at this point in terms of fielding?

    I doubt he’d switch positions at this stage in his career (outfield?), and he doesn’t fit the typical DH profile (high singles, low power numbers).

    As a Red Sox fan, I hope he rebounds. Baseball is better with Derek Jeter.

  4. turdfurgerson68 - Mar 20, 2013 at 2:53 PM

    Just move him to 1B already, at least while Tex is out (and then move Tex to full-time DH; with improved steroid and amphetamine testing Hafner is done).

    Nunez is a waay better SS at this point…Jeter’s already minuscule range is soon gonna be zero.

    • djpostl - Mar 20, 2013 at 4:05 PM


      NunE6z isn’t better than a corpse. At any position.

      If you actually watched some games when he manned a position you’d know this.

      Even with his limited range I’d take Jeter simply because he’s sure-handed. NunE6z gives away so many free runs it’s friggin’ amazing.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:23 PM

        Ha ha, good point djpostl…I stand corrected.

        Either way, its gonna be a disaster at SS for the Yankees, ha ha.

      • djpostl - Mar 22, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Yeah, not really liking how the season is starting.

        Arod was replaceable. If healthy he puts up decent numbers but same can be said for Youk, his replacement.

        Watching Granderson and Teix, however flawed they both are, go down hurt knowing that there was a decent chance Jeter wasn’t going to be ready at the start of the season to begin with (the only person who seemed to think otherwise was Jete lol).

        That being said, the team has more than enough pitching to weather the storm.

        The big “X” factor is Girardi.

        If he can get back to some NL ways early on and manufacture runs, use the speed we have (Ichiro, Gardner, Mesa, Nunez, Nix etc.. can all freakin fly) then it won’t be nearly as bad as ESPN would love to have ya think.

  5. louhudson23 - Mar 20, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    I wonder how many of those he got last year. I think his bones just finally gave up. He was grinding it out the last 5 weeks on a daily basis……

  6. historiophiliac - Mar 20, 2013 at 7:01 PM



    • bigharold - Mar 20, 2013 at 8:42 PM

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

  7. nbjays - Mar 21, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    C’mon Cur, we’ve got to be at DoomCon 2 by now, dontcha think?

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