The New York Yankees received a dose of bad news on the injury front on Thursday, as captain Derek Jeter will not be able to return until some time after the All-Star break. A scan of his left ankle revealed that he still has a crack in it.
The Yankees have been doing pretty well without Jeter in the lineup so far this season, but that may soon change now that they know they will have to go at least half a season without him. Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix have done okay at shortstop, but neither one of them is setting the world on fire with the bat.
Nunez is batting .240 with just two runs batted in. Nix is hitting a poor .182 with a home run and four RBI. Even with those guys struggling, I don’t see the Yankees going out and trading for a shortstop. As long as the team is winning, there is no real need to shake things up.
The bigger question might be what this means for Jeter’s career. Before this injury happened, he had an outside shot at chasing Pete Rose down for the all time hits record that is now just a pipe dream. If this ankle doesn’t heal right. it could very well be the beginning of the end. He has nothing left to prove and the Yankees might very well be in a transition phase for the next year or two.
I see Jeter playing a few games this season and one more year after that. He won’t be what he once was and a great career will come to an end.