Via the AP -
Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle — a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop’s future.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about four to eight weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.
Jeter will not require surgery for the break, Cashman said after speaking with Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on the Yankees’ captain Oct. 20.
“He told me 95 percent of the people that have this, they come back from it fine. You just have to back off,” Cashman said.
“But it’s a setback, so it’s not a good situation,” he said.
Then again, the Yankees and Jeter repeatedly said all winter that he would be ready to play on opening day.
Jeter was hurt last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. He was limited to five spring training games and 11 at-bats, and when the team left spring training he stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York’s minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.
After three straight days of workouts, Jeter went to Charlotte, N.C., and was examined Thursday by Anderson.
“They did a new CT scan which revealed a small crack in the area of the previous injury, so we have to back off and let that heal,” Cashman said before New York played Arizona. “This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating on when we might see Derek back with us, we’d be looking at some time after the All-Star break.”
Cashman himself is recovering from a broken leg sustained in a spring training skydiving accident and entered the press conference room at Yankee Stadium in a motorized scooter.
“Clearly he hasn’t done anything wrong,” the GM said. “He was cleared to play. This is the third CT scan he’s had. His prior two CT scans showed the healing and 100 percent healing. He wasn’t cleared for the baseball activities and cleared to play until he had 100 percent healing, so this is a new fracture, but a small one. That’s I guess the only good part. They kept saying the word ‘small.’”
Given Jeter’s age, this is very bad news. But, I suspect he will do everything possible to get back on the field – especially when you consider his contract situation.