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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.
“My understanding is that it’s possible he will be ready
earlier than that timeframe,” Cashman said. “But it is best to at
least put out there four, five months as a safer bet.”

New York trailed the Tigers 3-0 after Game 4 Wednesday night was
postponed by a forecast of rain. The game was rescheduled for
Thursday.

Jeter is the latest of the team’s longtime stars to go down with
an injury. Mariano Rivera was lost for the season in May when he
hurt his knee during batting practice.

This is the first time since 1981 the Yankees are playing in the
postseason without both Jeter and Rivera.

This wasn’t the first time Jeter had recent trouble with his
left leg. Manager Joe Girardi pulled him from a game at Boston on
Sept. 12 because of what Jeter said was a sprained ankle. Jeter was
a designated hitter for the next four games.
Jeter fouled a ball off his left foot in Game 3 of the division
series, again was taken out early, and was at DH the next day
before returning to shortstop.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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