Derek Jeter reinjured his ankle fielding a ground ball in Game 1 of the ALCS. The Yankees were unable to complete their comeback against the Tigers, but losing a key player like Jeter en route to a loss like that makes it that much worse.
UPDATE: Wednesday, October 17 at 4:13 pm. ET by Ryan Rudnansky
Rough news came for Yankees fans on Wednesday. Not only will Jeter miss the rest of the playoffs this season, he could possibly miss some of next season, as well.
Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com tweeted:
#yanks announce jeter will have surgery. new timetable: 4-5 months. start of 2013 season in some question now— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) October 17, 2012
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UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 1:20 a.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Joe Girardi announced that Derek Jeter will miss the remainder of the postseason with a fractured ankle. ESPN's Steve Berthiaume brings us the update via Twitter.
BREAKING: Joe Girardi says Derek Jeter has a fractured ankle and is done for the season. #Yankees— Steve Berthiaume (@SBerthiaumeESPN) October 14, 2012
This is obviously a huge blow to the Yankees. Losing a leader like Jeter in such a crucial juncture of the postseason makes it that much tougher for the Yankees to recover from dropping Game 1 of the ALCS.
UPDATE: Sunday, October 14 at 12:54 a.m. ET by Michael Moraitis
Derek Jeter had to be helped off the field in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS.
Bleacher Report's Twitter page shared the news about Jeter as well as a picture of the Yankees Captain hitting the dirt in obvious pain.
Jeter goes down and needs help to get off the field. In a lot of pain. twitter.com/BleacherReport…— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 14, 2012
It looked pretty bad after the play concluded as Jeter was unable to put any weight on the ankle when leaving the field. There's no telling exactly how bad the injury truly is, but at this point, it's looking about as bad as possible.
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UPDATE: Thursday, October 11 at 4:25 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Derek Jeter will lead off tonight for the Yankees and DH, according to Joel Sherman of the NY Post:
It was unclear as to how significant the injury Jeter sustained last night was, but Yankees fans have to be encouraged to see him in the lineup, despite his struggles.
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UPDATE: Thursday, October 11 at 12:32 a.m. ET by Ian Hanford
Girardi: Jeter is day-to-day with a new bone bruise on top of his foot from foul ball. Girardi said "hopefully" he'll play Game 4.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) October 11, 2012
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According to Yahoo! Sports' reporter Jeff Passan, Jeter was lifted from the game in favor of Jayson Nix:
Jayson Nix in at shortstop. Makes you wonder how bad Derek Jeter's ankle is after fouling a ball off it earlier in the game.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) October 11, 2012
Jeter was taken out of the game after the eighth inning. The foul tip occurred in an earlier at-bat, but he played through it until Nix's appearance.
He finished 2-for-4 on the night, including a triple to deep center field in the third inning to score Russell Martin and account for the Yankees' first run of the night.
Jeter is hitting nearly .500 for the series thus far. He doesn't have the speed of a prototypical leadoff man, but he's still one of the best contact hitters in baseball.
On top of that, he's one of the best leaders in the game. When you've played 17 seasons and won five World Series championships, you tend to gain that reputation.
If Jeter's injury is serious, it could present a problem. Nix hit just .243 during the regular season, a far cry from Jeter's .316 clip.
Jeter does have two errors in the series, but that still doesn't diminish his value. At this point in the season, players like Jeter can power a playoff roster based on experience alone.
It's hard to tell how serious this injury is. He was able to play through it for a time, but also came out in the midst of a tight game. That's unlike Jeter, leading one to believe that it could be more serious than he initially thought.
Either way, it's definitely something to keep an eye on.
Stay tuned for updates concerning the Yankees' All-Star shortstop.