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Derek Jeter has “small crack” in ankle, will miss entire first half

Apr 18, 2013, 4:06 PM EDT

Derek Jeter AP AP

UPDATE: General manager Brian Cashman announced that a CT scan revealed a “small crack” near Jeter’s previous injury and the Yankees expect him to miss the entire first half. As of now he won’t need an additional surgery, but according to Cashman there is no timetable for Jeter’s return.

Unless they start shopping for a trade the Yankees will be leaning heavily on Eduardo Nunez.


It sounds like the latest setback for Derek Jeter‘s recovery from a broken ankle may be a serious one, as Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News reports that he “made an unscheduled trip to Charlotte to see his ankle surgeon.”

No official details yet, but Feinsand speculates that it “doesn’t sound like good news” and when asked if the visit stemmed from something that happened during Jeter’s workout Wednesday manager Joe Girardi replied: “Put two and two together.”

Jeter’s return timetable has been pushed back several times and as of yesterday the spin in New York was that he might be working too hard.

  1. awesomenar - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:10 PM


    I know they’re playing well without him right now, but this is bad.

    • 4thquartermagic - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:22 PM

      No doubt the “small crack” came about whilst Jeets was nailing some perfect 10.

      Hats off to Jeets and his Hall of Fame Black Book.

      • vivabear - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:00 PM

        Not sure about that – but I can’t imagine how many other small cracks he’s filled up to now. Sadly he’s not the one inside the small crack this time, it’s in him.

      • cebig - Apr 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        Bet he doesn’t forget to give that one a gift basket afterward next time.

  2. rbj1 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:12 PM

    So who comes back first, Derek or A-Rod?

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:16 PM


    • hittfamily - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:10 PM


    • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:46 PM

      Arodless kicked Jeter

  3. 18thstreet - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:13 PM

    You know who would be perfect for the Yankees? Steven Drew. Maybe a trade can be worked out.


    • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:25 PM

      Maybe the Yankees can bring back Enrique Wilson to fill the void at SS?

      Remember when that clown Joe Torre would ALWAYS start Wilson whenever Pedro started for the Sox? Supposedly because Wilson had a modicum of sucsess ONCE against, a probably injured, Pedro??

      Ha ha it was great; Martinez schooled that chump all the time…Enrique Wilson..hahahaha.

      • churchoftheperpetuallyoutraged - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:19 PM

        Ha ha it was great; Martinez schooled that chump all the time…Enrique Wilson..hahahaha.

        If my math is right:

        8/14 with 4 singles and 4 doubles, with one walk. Or in other words:

        .571/.643/.857 against (through ’03, since Wilson didn’t hit for the Yanks in the ’04 playoffs)

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:35 PM

        I must have missed his 3 good games…saw Martinez wiff him numerous times.

        Lotta good his stats did in 03 for the Yankees.

        Maybe he should have played more in ’04…we all remember how that season ended for the Yankees 😉

    • 18thstreet - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:06 PM

      Quick note — I posted this before the update. I don’t wish injuries on anyone.

  4. 13arod - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:14 PM

    he isn’t hurt it isn’t a big issue

    • hammyofdoom - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:09 PM

      English not first language but… is joke, yes?

  5. proudlycanadian - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    Alas, he will not have a speedy recovery. I wish him good luck. For a baseball player, getting older has its drawbacks.

  6. foreverchipper10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:44 PM

    DOOM…………….was a hell of a computer game. :)

    • dondada10 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:56 PM

      The word “Doom” and an absurd ellipsis?

      • historiophiliac - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

        Have we driven you batshit yet?

  7. uyf1950 - Apr 18, 2013 at 4:52 PM

    That’s unfortunate. Hopefully he recovers and is 100%. You hate to say it but this will show the Yankees if Nunez really has a future in the bigs at SS. So far while he isn’t Jeter he has acquitted himself pretty well.

    • drewzducks - Apr 18, 2013 at 9:26 PM

      He wishes he could weeble or wobble

  8. lazlosother - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Not good news. Given the length of time some younger players have taken to come back from ankle injuries I have to wonder if missing just the first half is overly optimistic. Hopefully he heals, it would be good to see him finish on his own terms.

  9. turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Can you say full time DH?

    Either way the Yankees have several players making 20+ mil who are injured and old.

    Good luck trying to rebuild this monolith while also trying to cut payroll.

    Let’s see if cashman is up to the task. Smart money = NO

    • badintent - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:50 PM

      Yankee nation just pulls out the canadian platelet rich plasma, few injections, good to go. Worked for Kobe for 2 years.

      In other news, “Buckey Dent swings, and its’s over the wall for a 3 run homer” Red Sox lose again.

      • turdfurgerson68 - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:05 PM

        Damn, you know things are in the crapper for the Yankees when their fans need to dredge up Bucky Dent…

  10. jetsfan79 - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Nunez blows at short, he should be moved to outfield, let Mariano play short

    • knowlegeforyou - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:39 PM

      Yanks have an outfield already. What they don’t have is a SS. Nunez belongs on the bench his bat doesn’t profile for the OF.

  11. bat42boy - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    He should retire and go live in his mansion and forget about playing baseball again. In baseball terms he’s old and can never play a good game again!!

  12. 13arod - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    you don’t know baseball bat42boy

    • tuberippin - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      The irony. It’s so thick I could cut it with a butter knife.

    • drelms - Apr 19, 2013 at 3:54 PM

      Boo Hoo 13arod, so sad that your man love for Jeter gets the best of you. Face it, no matter what you want to say Jeter is old, and the short stop position demands more of ones athletic efforts in baseball then any others. Just like the game of tennis, the fast movements to one side or another to field a hit are more than someone with a broken ankle is going to be able to handle. The Yankees management. refuse to let the public know how bad the ankle really is. My bet is we don’t see him back at all this year. You will see him next year in some capacity so that he can play out a season before he retires.

  13. randygnyc - Apr 18, 2013 at 5:49 PM

    Of the three injured Yankees expected back “soon” (not counting Alex), Jeter’s return isn’t as important as either Tex or granderson. Both have sorely needed power and although overbay has a decent glove (historically very good), he’s not in Tex’s league. I’m holding my breath for when Mark starts taking live swings. Ultimately, though, the Yankees success hinges almost entirely on the health of the front 3 starting pitchers.

    • sdelmonte - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:36 PM

      Still kind of sad that the end is near for a legend.

  14. vallewho - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:15 PM

    Let’s just check back at the end of July.

  15. knowlegeforyou - Apr 18, 2013 at 6:36 PM

    Bet the Yanks are missing Romiro Pena

    • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2013 at 7:42 PM

      Not really.

    • sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:33 PM

      Because moderately competent glove men with no bat are a rare commodity? I’ll take Nix over Pena. Both of those guys are out-homering Kemp so far…

  16. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:34 PM

    At some point they were going to have to figure out if Nunez is the shortstop of the future. It looks like some point is now

    • Kevin S. - Apr 18, 2013 at 8:38 PM

      He’s not. I’m still in denial over Texas locking up Andrus with Profar sitting right there.

  17. buffalomafia - Apr 18, 2013 at 11:39 PM

    Bad Dr?

  18. theskinsman - Apr 19, 2013 at 5:26 AM

    Wonder why his bones are so prone to fracture….curious. I doubt he makes it back this season.Too bad.

  19. florida727 - Apr 19, 2013 at 8:37 AM

    “Derek Jeter” and “hard work” is redundant. That’s all this guy has ever done is work hard. I’m not a Yankee fan per se, but I love watching them, and particularly Jeter, play. I hope he comes back 100%. He’s the very definition of what a “professional athlete” should be like from a work ethic perspective. Put him in a walking boot for 6-8 weeks, then let him test it again. He’ll be okay, eventually. For Yankee fans I hope it’s sooner rather than later.

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