New York Yankees All-Star shortstop Derek Jeter successfully underwent surgery to repair his fractured left ankle on Saturday in Charlotte, N.C.
The surgery was performed by foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson and according to the team, the timetable for his recovery is said to be approximately four to five months.
With that timetable set, it means Jeter should be healthy by the time the beginning of the 2013 season begins, barring any setbacks.
When asked if the 13-time all-star would be ready by opening day next season, Yankees GM Brian Cashman replied “he’ll be ready when he’s ready.”
The Yankees all-time hits leader fractured the ankle during the 12th inning of the Yankees 6-4 loss in game one of the American League Championship Series versus the Detroit Tigers.
Following the game one loss, the Yankees would go on to lose the next three games as well and get swept by the Tigers, who advanced to their 11th World Series in franchise history.
This season, the 38-year old shortstop hit .318 with 15 home runs and 58 runs batted-in while becoming the second oldest player in MLB history to lead the majors in hits for a season with 216.
This year, the future Hall-of-Famer also passed Willie Mays for 10th on the MLB all-time hit list with 3,304 hits.
Next season could be a very special one for the five-time World Series champion due to the fact he could move up to number five on that list following another 210-plus hit season, which is not out of the question after witnessing what Jeter was able to do this year.