When Derek Jeter went down with a fractured ankle in last season’s American League Championship Series against Detroit, no one in Yankee Stadium that day could have known how long it would be until “The Captain” would be back in pinstripes once again.
On Thursday, the sports world learned how long, exactly, that was going to be, and the news was not good for Yankees faithful.
The five-time World Series champion and one of — if not the — greatest to ever put on a Yankees uniform is going to be out until after the 2013 All-Star break.
Derek Jeter is out until after the All-Star break. Jeter has 150+ hits in 17 straight seasons. No other player has more than 12 straight.
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 18, 2013
According to Yahoo! Sports, doctors have discovered a new, small crack in the area of his previous injury. The new break is what will keep Jeter out after setting an initial return date of May 1.
Yanks GM Brian Cashman said it best:
“This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating when we might see Derek back with us, you’d be looking at sometime after the All-Star break. …”
“He is obviously the toughest one we’ve ever had. You know when Derek Jeter continues to have issues that don’t go away, you know that means more than just your typical something.”
For a team that has opened the 2013 season with injuries to Alex Rodriguez, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson and Jeter, any bad injury news is extremely bad.
However, the Yankees owe just these four players a whopping $78.5 million combined for the 2013 season — whatever help is going to come, is going to have to come from within the system, because even the mighty Yankees are going to have trouble spending more money on anyone right now.
In Jeter’s absence, the Yankee have platooned Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix at shortstop, to less than impressive results. Nunez is batting .240 through the early going and Nix is currently sitting at an even worse .182.