The range of emotions that surrounded the New York Yankees 6-4, 12th inning loss to the Detroit Tigers in game one of the American League Championship Series can be described simply in one word; unlimited. The most unsettling experience of the night for Yankees fans had to be watching their beloved shortstop and captain Derek Jeter fracture his left ankle during the final inning of the game attempting to field a ground ball hit by Tigers shortstop Johnny Peralta.
Now according to a MLB source Jeter will “likely” require surgery in order to repair the fracture and possible ligament damage that may have occurred due to the injury.
The 38-year old, 13-time All-Star originally injured the left ankle on Labor Day in a pivotal road game versus the Tampa Bay Rays and has been dealing with the nagging injury since. Jeter has received several cortisone shots since originally suffering the bone bruise to the ankle well over a month ago and also suffering a bone bruise to the left foot in game three of the ALDS versus the Baltimore Orioles as well.
Jeter is scheduled to visit Dr. Robert Anderson who is a foot and ankle specialist in Charlotte, North Carolina some time in the next few days to determine the exact extent of the injury and also the optimal method of treating it. Yankee Joe Girardi expects that no matter what method of treatment is taken by Jeter for the ankle he should be ready for the start of spring training next season.
Jeter will turn 39-years old on June 26 and is currently 10th on Major League Baseball’s All-Time hit list with 3,304 and trails the all-time leader Pete Rose by 952 base-hits, a record which Rose says Jeter will not break. Either way the Yankees will miss Jeter throughout the duration of their postseason run this year and it showed in the first game they played without him losing to the Tigers in game two of the ALCS 3-0.