New York Yankees News: Surgery Likely For Jeter; How Long Will Ankle Injury Take To Recover?

By Jason Van Hoven, Posted: 10/17/12 09:57AM EDT

New York Yankees shortstop and captain Derek Jeter was examined in North Carolina on Tuesday for the fractured left ankle injury that he suffered after scrambling for a ground ball in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS series against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday, according to the New York Post.

Jeter went to see ankle and foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte to explore the possibility of having surgery that would speed up the healing process of the injury, which a doctor said via the Newark Star-Ledger would "probably a three-month ordeal." However, citing a league source, ESPN New York's Wallace Matthews reported on Sunday that the 38-year-old will "likely" undergo surgery.

Jeter was hampered by multiple injuries to the same ankle during the season, and Yankees manager Joe Girardi even said that he received a cortisone shot in September to relieve pain from a bone bruise in his left foot.

"I don't think he was playing on a stress fracture, but I think that weakness in his ankle, and the foul tip off his foot, contributed to that," Girardi said before Game 2. "You hear a lot of guys talk about when they sprain one ankle, they usually hurt something else. I think it's inevitable, if you continue to play with something hurt, you're probably going to end up hurting yourself somewhere else."

Despite their advancement past the ALDS, the Yankees were already slumping with Jeter in the lineup before his postseason exit. Now, down 0-3 in the ALCS with their top hitter having been shelved for the last two games, the Yankees going home seems as close as ever to inevitable.

If the Yankees don't come back against the Tigers, then the questions about their future with Jeter will most likely be more pressing than ever. Perhaps the end of an era could be on the horizon.

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