Derek Jeter suffered a left-ankle fracture in the Yankees' 6-4 loss to Detroit and will be out for the remainder of the playoffs.
Joe Girardi announced the news in the Yankees' postgame press conference.
ESPN's Steve Berthiaume reported on Jeter's diagnosis:
BREAKING: Joe Girardi says Derek Jeter has a fractured ankle and is done for the season. #Yankees— Steve Berthiaume (@SBerthiaumeESPN) October 14, 2012
Girardi said that the Yankees' trainers talked about a three-month recovery period for Jeter’s ankle to heal, thereby rendering him inactive for the remainder of the postseason.
In the top of the 12th inning, Jeter went to field a ground ball, moving to his left when he fell to the ground near second base.
He tried to put weight on his ankle to walk off the field on his own, but he needed to be carried off to get to the dugout.
The night had already turned for the worst when the Yankees lost Game 1 of the ALCS on their home field. The Jeter news brings them to an all-time low this postseason.
The Yankees had already given up the lead to the Tigers at that point, but proceeded to give up another run before retiring the side. Unfortunately, they were unable to battle back in the final frame.
Jeter’s injury is a crushing blow for the Yankees, as The Captain has been the heart and soul of this team throughout the season. The veteran shortstop had a resurrection of sorts in 2012, batting .316 with 15 home runs and a .791 OPS.
He had been carrying that success into the postseason as well, hitting .333 with several clutch at-bats in the ALDS against the Orioles.
Jeter was 1-for-5 on this night with two strikeouts.