The injury bug has bitten the New York Yankees almost too many times this season. The team has survived many of their star players going down and some that have yet to return to the diamond this season.
Aside from Michael Pineda, Curtis Granderson and Mark Teixeira all being injured prior to the season, shortstop Derek Jeter did not return after it was learned he had a small crack in the surgically repaired ankle and will be out until after the All-Star Break. Jeter’s injury and slow recovery makes it feel that once he comes back, the soon-to-be 39-year-old is not going to be a full-time shortstop much longer.
The ankle injury that forces him to move parallel in his position, may end up costing him his spot in the hole. Jeter is older and it is going to be harder for him to recover if he does end up getting another injury to the ankle. The best bet for him is to take it easy and to play most of the games at the designated hitter slot, sharing it with Travis Hafner.
Jeter has to be smart and so does manager Joe Girardi. You cannot expect that Jeter is going to be back to what he was last season when he led the league in hits with 215. The man is getting old and is not going to be able to do all the moves that he used to do.
It is very important to be cautious with this injury. Jeter will more than likely have two more years of playing time left. For him to keep it that way, going from shortstop to designated hitter is imperative.