New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter won’t travel with the team to Detroit for the American League Championship Series as he’s scheduled to meet with a specialist about his fractured left ankle.
Jeter, the Yankees’ 38-year-old captain, was hurt two days ago while chasing down a ground ball during the 12th inning of New York’s Game 1 loss to the Tigers. He underwent tests yesterday that confirmed a fracture and will miss the rest of the postseason, the Yankees said.
Jeter wasn’t at Yankee Stadium for yesterday’s 3-0 loss to the Tigers, the franchise’s first postseason game without its All-Star shortstop in the lineup since Oct. 8, 1995. Jeter has helped the Yankees win five World Series titles since 1996.
“It’s not a player you want to lose,” Yankees manager Joe Girardi said yesterday. “He means a lot to this club.”
Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez said he spoke with Jeter by phone before yesterday’s game and described him as “devastated and down.”
Jeter, who was replaced on the roster by Eduardo Nunez, will meet with foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina, in the next few days. Jeter’s ankle is in a splint and he’s on crutches, the Yankees said.
Jayson Nix started at shortstop yesterday and went 0-for-3 with a strikeout as the Yankees finished with only four hits. Jeter was hitting .333 this postseason.
“We’ve dealt with a lot of trials and tribulations and the latest one now is Derek,” Rodriguez told reporters in the Yankees’ locker room yesterday. “We have to step up.”
The Yankees are in Detroit tomorrow for Game 3 of the best-of-seven Major League Baseball playoff series.
Games 4 and 5 scheduled for the following two days at the Tigers’ Comerica Park.
The Tigers are the 23rd team in league championship series history to take a 2-0 series lead since MLB went to a best-of-seven format in 1985. All but three of the previous 22 advanced to the World Series.
“We’re not in a good position,” said Yankees first baseman Mark Teixeira. “But we have an opportunity to do something special and win a few games out there.”