New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter may need as long as five months to recover from his fractured left ankle, the Major League Baseball team said in a statement.
Surgery was performed yesterday by foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, and a complete recovery is expected in the next four to five months, the Yankees said. The team originally thought he would be out three months.
“I believe that Dr. Anderson just put in a more conservative timeframe on it, as explained to me,” General Manager Brian Cashman said, according to MLB.com. “So there’s no new information, nothing seen worse than what our team doctor saw.”
Jeter, 38, was injured diving for a ground ball in the 12th inning of New York’s 6-4 loss to Detroit in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 13. The Tigers went on to sweep the best-of-seven series four games to none to advance to the World Series.
The Yankees expected Jeter to be ready for spring training. If he needs four months to return to action, he will join the team in the midst of workouts in Tampa, Florida. Five months after surgery would put him in the middle of the exhibition schedule.
Cashman said he wouldn’t be looking for a replacement for his shortstop, according to MLB.com. If Jeter isn’t ready for the opening games of the 2013 season, backups Eduardo Nunez or Jayson Nix could substitute, the general manager said.
Jeter, the Yankees’ captain, hit .316 with 15 home runs and 58 runs batted this season, leading the major leagues with 216 hits. He is baseball’s active career leader with 3,304 hits, ranking 10th all-time and second to Honus Wagner among shortstops.
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