Update: Jeter has small crack in ankle, out until after All-Star break

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4:22pm: A CT scan revealed a small crack in the area of the previous break, according to Brian Cashman. “We’re looking at sometime after the All-Star break,” said the GM. Jeter had been having more trouble with the ankle recently, but he doesn’t need surgery. Just rest.

4:06pm: Derek Jeter made an unscheduled visit to see Dr. Anderson in Charlotte following yesterday’s workout, Joe Girardi confirmed. He wouldn’t elaborate, only saying “put two and two together.” Brian Cashman will discuss the situation shortly.

Jeter, 38, did not workout last weekend and recently had his baseball activities scaled back. Sure sounds like he had another setback of some sorts, but maybe it’s just something minor and he’ll be back on the field in a few days. I wouldn’t hold my breath though, ankle injuries are never easy. Based on yesterday’s poll, RAB readers expected Jeter to return to the team in no fewer than four weeks.

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  • Eddard

    Put two and two together means that he had a setback. This is not good news at all. If everything was going swimmingly he’d be swinging bats under water and running on the treadmill with ARod.

    • MannyGeee

      You should be ecstatic. This keeps your boy Nunie in the line up longer.

      Sorry, “our boy”…

      • Eddard

        I’d much rather have the Captain back. Nuney’s a good backup to spell Jeter. Now we’ll have to rely on him for at least 3 months and God forbid he gets injured, too.

        • Nuney

          I gave you…..everything, and this is how you repay me?

          Bitch.

          • jjyank

            Poor Nuney. He’s gonna have to raise that kid all by himself now.

        • MannyGeee

          Eddard in October:

          “Teh Nunez is the straw that stirs the Yankees drink! Get him more reps!”

          Eddard today:

          “Nooney is alright… What else is on TV”

          Please don’t make me go out and find your “50 Shades of Nunez” level swooning from back in October. Just accept this as fact and lets move on.

          • trr

            terrible news, but we should’ve known that things wre not good…

            Meaningless question, but how is that Eddard always seems to have the first post on most threads? Is it he constantly monitoring RAB, waiting to pounce? Is he a cyborg of some kind? Or simply a ghost in the machine, not having any physicality at all, just bytes of data that have clusterted together to form a type of psuedo – intelligence?

            • Slugger27

              hes a troll. being first guarantees his posts get read. starting at :29 and :59 of every hour, im sure he just keeps refreshing the page to ensure himself as the first poster.

    • emac2

      In this case 2 plus 2 probably means retirement.

      Ankles aren’t very forgiving.

  • OldYanksFan

    Keep dreaming. If “it’s just something minor”, that would mean a few days off and a few gift baskets given out. Do you go to a Specialist when nothing’s really the matter?

    This is bad, but I think we could all smell it happening.
    The ankle hasn’t healed as expected. Almost 3 weeks after Jeter ‘expected’ to return, he’s off to South Carolina to see a Doc and spread around a few gift baskets. He will come back with ‘hopefully around the ASB’ news.

  • Mykey

    Quick, everybody speculate with your own thorough and informed medical opinions!

    • mitch

      i once knew a guy who injured his leg and didn’t recover for over a year. Jeter is definitely out until 2014.

      • trr

        Mitch, that is a real possibility

    • MannyGeee

      I know a guy who landed wrong on his ankle once… hasn’t shit right since. Its a pandemic.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Seattle knew.

      • Preston

        Fish for the win!

  • Steve S

    Yankees need to pick up a shortstop with options immediately. After Nunez, the next 3 shortstops are Jayson Nix, Gil Velazquez, and Addison Maruszak, and only Gil is a good fielder.

    • Pseudoyanks

      Perhaps Nix, Cano, ….

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Name someone better available. GO.

      • Bob Buttons

        Ramiro Pena.

      • Steve

        Jurickson Profar. Stephen Drew was available over the winter, when Jeter was injured.

  • DERP

    @McCulloughSL
    Derek Jeter has a small crack in the area of the previous injury, per a CT scan. Cashman says he won’t be back until after All-Star Break.

    GREAT NEWS

  • DERP

    Does he play at all this year?

    • Slu

      If I am the Yankees, I would plan on him not being back this year.

      • LK

        Not sure it makes any difference really. Who could they realistically acquire either way? I doubt anyone better than Nunez.

  • Dalek Jeter

    …Hooray…

  • thenamestsam

    Damn.

  • Dalek Jeter

    “The biggest thing here is the leadership”-Howard Reynolds

    BULLSHIT. The biggest thing here is one of the top offensive shortsops of all time.

    • Dalek Jeter

      losing one of the top offensive shortstops of all time***

    • WhittakerWalt

      Do you mean Harold Reynolds? Because I can totally see him saying something that dumb.

      • Dalek Jeter

        yeah, that guy.

        • WhittakerWalt

          Ugh, he’s one of the absolute worst.

          • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

            i hear he’s quite the ladies’ man.

            • WhittakerWalt

              Well BDC and all.

      • Pseudoyanks

        It really was a dumb thing to say IMO. Yet, many from the MSM will probably repeat that ad nauseum.

    • jjyank

      I blame you’re new handle for all of this. If you had just went back to Plouffy, Jeter would be health and hitting .400. IT’S ALL YOUR FAULT!

  • Eddard

    After the ASB? That’s at least 3 months! This is not good at all. Better hope Grandy and Teix can stay on track at least.

  • Long-Past-His-Day-Rod

    Yikes. I voted 6+ weeks yesterday, but didn’t see this coming.

    Alright Nunez, now it’s really your time.

  • RetroRob

    I wonder if this is a result of Jeter pushing himself to try and get back early.

  • BrienTaylorsRookieCard

    So how many other shortstops in baseball history have come back to play the position after their ankle falls apart (and they’re near the end of their careers)? Do we have any examples?

    • Darren

      What a dumb question.

      Jeter is in a class with about 4 other baseball players in MLB history (shortstops who performed at an extremly high level after age 36). He’s already comepletely made irrelevant any comparisons with every other shortstop. So I can’t imagine that a comparison with injury history is going to be of any value.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for

        I could be wrong but I think your rhetorical question meter may need calibrating.

        • OldYanksFan

          Dr. OldYanksFan called this one.

          I’m not sure how he could develop a ‘new’ break with so little activity. I wonder if his ‘plate’ is not quite right, and caused some kind of stress on other areas of the bone.

          But we can NOT compare Jeter to other players.
          His blood and bones are different from the other 6 Billion humans on this planet.

  • Pseudoyanks

    Guess we’ll surely find out what we got in Nunez.

  • Anthony

    Shit.

  • LK

    Obviously terrible news, though not completely unexpected. Not much that can be done – no team is going to give up a good SS at this point in the season.

    Last year we got a taste of life without Mo, and the team was just fine. Hopefully the same will be true this year of life without the Cap’n.

    • jjyank

      Yeah, I doubt anything more than a marginal upgrade over depth options is going to happen. Looks like we’re gonna have to see what Nunez can do for ~3 months. I would like to see the Yanks try to find an upgrade over Nix or Gil Velazquez just in case.

      • LK

        I would definitely look to upgrade over Nix, I’m just not sure how feasible that really is. Maybe when Grandy gets back they can go to 4 OFs and at least find someone who can hit a little bit to back up 3B.

  • WhittakerWalt

    Even if Jeter came back this year he’d probably be right at or even slightly below replacement level, just as a result of the injury.

    OK, that’s me trying to talk myself off the ledge.

  • Darren

    This is really horrible and is just a huge bummer.

    I hope that it’s not the beginning of the end and that the Captain will be back stronger than ever in July. I think we can all agree that if willpower, hard work or desire have anything to do with it, he will be fine.

    Father Time, go to hell you jackass.

  • http://www.penuel-law.com/ Cuso

    When I voted in the poll yesterday, it was overwhelmingly 6+ weeks with a 100 vote lead. Something mustve changed in the poll overnight, but this isn’t all that surprising.

    Very unfortunate….why couch it …yeah it sucks. But its not surprising.

    • DC

      It’s still that way. Mike must have read the poll wrong.

      • Winter

        “No fewer than four weeks” implies more than four weeks. Which is what the poll indicated.

    • emac2

      I find the poll timing to be suspicious at best.

  • Bavarian Yankee

    *facepalm*

    at least Nunez is pretty solid at short so far.

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    Yikes. Spice mines of Kessel.

    • Pat D

      It’s nothing more than a floating rock in space.

      But it could be the volcanoes and ash of Sullust, I suppose.

      • I’m not the droids you’re looking for…

        You know between the sand cats and the dugos I think you’re right.

  • JLC 776

    Well, fuck….

    I really don’t want my last image of the Captain being one where he is writhing in pain on the infield dirt. But I also don’t want a not-ready-for-prime-time half-corpse coming out for one last hurrah when he’s past done. Ugh.

  • Pat D

    Well, so much for passing Anson, Wagner and Yaz on the hit list this year. Hopefully he’ll still be able to come back and pass Molitor and Collins. Also probably means that passing Speaker for 5th all time is the best case scenario.

    Oh, yea, and helping this year’s team, too, and all that.

  • http:/www.twitter.com/_swarlesbarkley Mark Teixeira – Ghostbuster (formerly Drew)

    fucka me Luigi.

  • http://Riveravenueblues Mississippi doc

    First of all, Charlotte is NC, not SC. Second
    of all, I think we are naive to expect him back
    by the All Star break. Probably time to start
    the clock on his induction into the HOF.

    • Yanks

      For sure. Cracks and aggravating broken bones with further injury due to premature strain brought can have real long term consequences. The Yankees and he (more than the Yankees) should not have pushed it just cos it felt good one day. This will linger on, if not end his career.

  • Ed

    The issue isn’t Nunez, it’s Nix. There has to be something better as an alternative utility man than him. Nunez hasn’t looked that bad in the field, well folks in the 1st base boxes aren’t taking out insurance policies anymore at any rate, and his offense will be decent as he gets more at bats. Nix is hopeless at the plate (Verlander notwithstanding) and has been lackluster in the field. I can’t conceive of there not being something better, whether inside or outside the organization.

    • Robinson Tilapia

      Let’s shit on the third-string shortstop: Part 843. How dare Jayson Nix not be Derek Jeter.

      • Bob Buttons

        Part 844: How dare he defy normal naming conventions by adding a Y in his name! (You too, Werth)

        • Bavarian Yankee

          don’t forget about Nix’s brother Laynce!!

          • MannyGeee

            Too many misplaced Y’z!!!

    • LK

      Look Nix sucks, and I’m fully willing to admit it, but finding guys who can play SS, even badly, is very difficult.

      • Crespo

        Where is Doug Bernier!!!!!??

      • MannyGeee

        ‘eat a dick’

        -Cody Ransom

        • Bob Buttons

          #bagofdicks

  • El Johnny D

    If Granderson and Teixeira stay on track, by mid-May, lineup should be:

    LF: Gardner
    RF: Wells
    2B: Cano
    3B: Youkilis
    1B: Teixeira
    CF: Granderson
    DH: Hafner
    SS: Nunez
    C: Cervelli

    Which is fine with the pitching the Yanks have.

    • Crespo

      LF Gardner
      2b Cano
      1b Tex
      CF Granderson
      3b Youk
      DH Hafner
      RF Wells
      C Cervelli
      SS Nunez

      • greg

        AOL to TeX being the number. Hitterhe’s just not that much of on obp guy anymore you should be the number three hitter, …….maybe
        gardner
        youk
        cano
        granderson
        tex
        hafner
        wells
        cervelli
        nunez

        • Crespo

          I maintain that I’d rather give those few extra ABs/PAs to Tex instead of Youk. Texy is still the better hitter over a full season.

          • greg

            when healthy im not sure its close. tex was healthy in 2011 and had a 341 obp. youk has had one year when his obp lower then 364 in his career

    • Crespo

      I love what Wellsy is doing but, he and his sub .300 OBP over the past two years can hit somehwhere else than 2nd in the lineup.

  • forensic

    The way he’s been ‘progressing’ this is about as unsurprising as it gets.

    Somewhat unfortunate, but I’m still at least moderately comfortable with Nunez out there. I just wish there was something a little better than Nix available as depth. Hopefully Nunez will remember to avoid getting by a pitch per week and missing several games afterwards now.

    • Crespo

      I figured he’d back in sometime in June at least because, like you said, the news hasn’t been good on him from the start. With this situation, if you’re Brian Cashman, you have to do business like he’s gone for the year. Adding another MIF in the next few months has to be a top priority, although it will be a challenge to find one.

  • Cool Lester Smooth

    FUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUCKKKKKK

    FUCKFUCKFUCKFUCKFUCK.

    God fucking dammit.

    This makes me really, really sad.

    • True Pinstriped Blue

      Go listen to “Sweet Caroline” that will cheer you up.

      • Cool Lester Smooth

        Really? Did you not want a tribute to the bombing victims?

        What’s it like to constantly deal with attempts to flush you down the toilet, seeing as how you are in fact a living piece of shit.

  • Crespo

    Damn, I really hope he is able to get back. It would be a real shame if we never got to see him and Mo on the field together one last time.

    More importantly though, even with where he’s at in his career, this guy is still one of the best offensive SSs in the game. This is pretty devastating, I normally get don’t get too emotional about these guys but, man, if it weren’t Derek Jeter I don’t know if I’d even be a baseball fan.

  • Robinson Tilapia

    Getting older in baseball is a bitch.
    Get well, Captain, and I hope you recover well and are able to ride out on your own terms.

    Nuney, your time is now.

    *chug*

    • MannyGeee

      “Getting older in baseball general is a bitch”

      #StayoffmyLawn

      • trr

        I dunno…people actaully listen to me at work now

  • Mike HC

    Terrible, depressing news. I remember they were debating on whether to get surgery or let it heal on its own when it first happened. Maybe they should have just let it heal on its own.

    • LK

      Hard to say. The recent medical track record hasn’t been great for the NYY though. Hopefully it’s just a run of bad luck.

  • gageagainstthemachine

    Looks like Yogi’s getting his wish at plenty of ABs for Nunez. Time to shine Eduardo. Time to shine.

  • Crespo

    Well, Neifi Perez or Deivi Cruz might be availibale

  • hogsmog

    I am not convinced this wasn’t Jeter’s doing (though it sucks hard and is sad).

    I am sort of afraid of Jeter wanting to go out on his own terms next year, like Mo, and just falling apart out there.

  • heismanziel

    Why does francisco keep starting over Boesch? Brennan Boesch: career OPS vs lefties – .770, career OPS vs righties – .720, Ben Francisco: career OPS vs. lefties – .737, career OPS vs. righties – .753. I don’t understand how a MLB manager does not know which players on his team are better suited for certain situations. Boesch is a better hitter than Fransico vs lefties. This is not a opinion, its fact.

    • LK

      Reverse splits are almost always noise. You need huge sample sizes before they become reliable.

      • LK

        I should note that’s for batters only. Pitchers can often have reverse splits if they rely on a change up.

    • Tom

      As LK mentions…regression.

      Until you have ~1100 PA’s against a lefty and ~2000 PA’s against a righty, you need to partially regress the platoon split to the league average platoon split.

      Boesch has a little under 400 PA’s against lefties, so you should consider ~33 of his overall platoon split real.

      • Tom

        33%

    • trr

      gotta think Francisco’s days with the club are numbered

  • EndlesJose

    Gotta have Tex and Granderson.I love what Wells and Hafner are doing but you can’t expect them to do it all year.These guys only are gonna hit for a certain period of time.

    I would try Cano in SS more.He can’t be as bad as Nunez.

    • Luis Castillo (Not the one who dropped the ball)

      I’m not in love with Nuñez like our pal Eddard, but when he (i.e. Nuñez) has been on the field this year it’s been 0k.

      Your suggestion to move Cano to SS seems… hmmm well, moronic to me. No disrespect.

    • trr

      i hear your desperation, but Cano to SS ? no.
      we will get some depth, somewhere , somehow.

      oxymoronic : it may be shallow depth

  • Betty Lizard

    Rain. Pours. Sad. LOL.
    Baseball: unpredictable. High highs. Low lows.
    Thank the baseball gods for a long season and the certainty of some good days like we’ve had recently.

  • Gonzo

    “Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t end.”

    Please don’t be true in this case. Please don’t be true in this case. Please don’t be true in this case. Please don’t be true in this case.

    • TomH

      Every story, taken far enough, ends in death. Etc.

  • OldYanksFan

    From ESPN:
    “Cashman said Jeter will not need another surgery. Jeter’s surgeon, Dr. Robert Anderson, who diagnosed Jeter in Charlotte on Thursday, told Cashman that “95 percent” of the people who have this injury come back from it fine.

    Cashman said the crack will take from four to eight weeks to heal. Jeter, who turns 39 in June, will then need close to a full spring training before he will be ready to play in a major league game again.”

    Let’s hope the Doc is correct about the 95%.

  • Mickey Scheister

    This freaking SUCKS! This hopefully doesn’t expose Nunez and Nix. Get well soon Jetes, this team will not be the same without you.

  • Noah Poser

    Nunez is a perfectly viable shortstop for 3 months. We could easily have somebody better than Jeter. Nunez has more range, can hit .300, and can wreak havoc on the base paths.

    Now what we really need is another superstar to compliment Robbie Cano. Somebody young that can be a 3-4 hitter for years to come would be perfect. Man, J-Up would’ve been spectacular. Now we must cross our fingers that Cashman guts the farm system for Stanton. None of our kids has any kind of reasonable chance of being a good player and Stanton is younger than most in fact!

    • hogsmog

      Acquire another young superstar you say… Why didn’t anyone think of this before?!

      • OldYanksFan

        Really…. I feel so stupid.

    • Crespo

      “Now we must cross our fingers that Cashman guts the farm system for Stanton. ”

      Not enough assets, unfortunately.

    • DC

      “None of our kids has any kind of reasonable chance of being a good player and Stanton is younger than most in fact!”

      Then why would the Marlins trade for them?

  • JGNYC

    He has an $8M player option for next season, and he will exercise it no matter what. He won’t want to go out on a season like this, just like Mariano.

  • Fred Jones

    I doubt that we will ever see our Captain play shortstop again. Possible retirement at the end of the season? Perhaps he retires at the Old Timers game this year??

    • DC

      So if he plays again, do you promise to never comment again?

  • Greg

    Maybe we can offer Colorado Betances for Tulo – but only if Colorado eats the next $100M of his contract!

    • Gonzo

      Throw in CarGo and maybe Arenado!

  • Vern Sneaker

    Such sad news. Hate to think of the possibility that this amazing career might end this way. Hopefully down the road, a full recovery, even if he’s not back for a long while.

  • SeventhAce

    Sadly this means more of Nix…

  • Tom

    Can we get some David Adams up at third?

    • hogsmog

      …And Youkilis to short! Brilliant!