Derek Jeter suffers setback, out until after All-Star break

Derek JeterA CT scan taken on Yankees captain Derek Jeter has revealed a small fracture in the area of his original left ankle injury, according to general manager Brian Cashman, and Jeter is now not expected to rejoin the Yankees until after the All-Star break.

Jeter traveled to Charlotte, N.C. on Thursday to be seen by Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed his left ankle surgery in October. Jeter is not expected to need a new surgical procedure, just time to allow the bone to heal. Cashman said that could take anywhere from four to eight weeks.

“Derek Jeter has been having obviously issues with the ankle,” Cashman said. “He saw Dr. Anderson today back in Charlotte who is the operating physician and the lead physician on this. They did a new CT scan which revealed a small crack in the area of the previous injury. We have to back off and let that heal. 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.”

Jeter has not played in a game since March 23 and has been mostly limited to taking ground balls and batting practice at the club’s Tampa complex.

Girardi said that Jeter’s visit to Anderson was not scheduled. Jeter worked out on Wednesday in Tampa; asked if there was an injury that prompted Thursday’s visit, Girardi said, “Put two and two together.”

“He is obviously the toughest one we’ve ever had,” Cashman said. “You know when Derek Jeter continues to have issues that don’t go away, you know that means more than just your typical something.”

Cashman said that Jeter will speak to the media next week in New York. He said that Jeter is handling the setback “like a pro.”

“He’s like, ‘I’ll see you in four to six weeks,'” Cashman said. “He’ll never let anyone see any area of weakness or problem. His attitude is, you’re going to see me sooner than later.”

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