Jeter Out Until All-Star Break
(Thanks to Hardball Talk for breaking the initial news.) Multiple sources report that New York Yankees captain Derek Jeter will now be out until at least the All-Star Break with what Yankees GM Brian Cashman described as a small crack in his ankle.
Jeter’s return seemed to be on track until April 18th, when he left the team’s minor league facility in Florida for an unscheduled visit with a surgeon. Jeter, who is 38 years old, was beginning his rehab stint with light exercise and throwing but couldn’t shake the discomfort in his ankle.
The loss of Derek Jeter for an extended period of time is obviously a sizeable loss for New York, which is already trying to make their lineup work around the losses of Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson. Despite a respectable 8-5 start, the Yankees begin a critical 10-game stretch against AL East foes Tampa Bay and Toronto on Friday. Much will be made of New York’s performance over the course of those 3 series, and the difference between “patience” and “panic” may be decided sooner rather than later.
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Originally posted on HardballTalk:
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.