Jeter to have surgery, 4 to 5 months for recovery
DETROIT (AP) — Derek Jeter will have surgery on his broken left ankle, and the New York Yankees say the star shortstop could need four to five months to completely recover.
The Yankees said Wednesday that Jeter will be operated on Saturday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The timetable the team announced means Jeter likely would be ready to return sometime between the start of spring training in mid-February and late spring training in mid-March.
General manager Brian Cashman called that a conservative estimate and left open the possibility that Jeter could come back sooner. Jeter had scans Sunday, which confirmed the fracture, and he saw Anderson on Tuesday.
"There's no new information," Cashman said. "Nothing seemed worse than what our team doctors saw."
Jeter has not accompanied the Yankees in Detroit.
Jeter, the Yankees' 38-year-old captain, broke his ankle Saturday in the 12th inning of the AL championship series opener against Detroit while trying to field a ground ball.
Cashman said the four-to-five month timetable represents when Jeter would be fully ready to come back and play in a game.