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Tough break for Jeter

Yankees superstar shortstop has new fracture in left ankle

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NEW YORK -- Derek Jeter will be sidelined until after the All-Star break because of a new fracture in his broken left ankle -- a blow to a New York Yankees team already reeling from injuries and one that raises long-term questions about the 38-year-old shortstop's future.

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said Jeter should be able to resume his rehabilitation when the new crack heals, in about four to eight weeks. Cashman has repeatedly maintained the 13-time All-Star should be able to return at his previous level of play.

Jeter will not require surgery for the break, Cashman said after speaking with Dr. Robert Anderson, who operated on the Yankees' captain on Oct. 20.

"He told me 95 per cent of the people that have this, they come back from it fine. You just have to back off," Cashman said.

"But it's a setback, so it's not a good situation," he said.

Then again, the Yankees and Jeter repeatedly said all winter that he would be ready to play on opening day. And Jeter, whose range already has declined, turns 39 on June 26.

Jeter was hurt last Oct. 13 in the AL championship series opener against Detroit. He was limited to five spring training games and 11 at-bats, and when the team left spring training he stayed behind for rehabilitation at New York's minor league complex in Tampa, Fla.

After three straight days of workouts, Jeter went to Charlotte, N.C., and was examined Thursday by Anderson.

"They did a new CT scan which revealed a small crack in the area of the previous injury, so we have to back off and let that heal," Cashman said before New York played Arizona. "This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating on when we might see Derek back with us, we'd be looking at some time after the All-Star break."

"Clearly he hasn't done anything wrong," the GM said. "He was cleared to play. This is the third CT scan he's had. His prior two CT scans showed the healing and 100 per cent healing."

 

-- The Associated Press

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 19, 2013 C6

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