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Report: Injured Derek Jeter ‘Likely’ To Undergo Surgery After Fracturing Ankle

Derek Jeter (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter (credit: Al Bello/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter is out for the rest of the postseason.

That much we know.

But when will the captain return to the field?

That, to the dismay of Yankees fans, remains to be seen.

The five-time World Series champion fractured his ankle while attempting to field a ball hit to his left in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

The future Hall of Famer is not one to speak about injuries, so he’s been quiet in regard to his condition. But an MRI on Jeter’s lower leg did not show extensive ligament damage in addition to his fracture, CBSSports.com’s Jon Heyman reported. However, the 13-time All-Star is set to see Dr. Robert Anderson in North Carolina, and surgery is “likely” for the iconic shortstop.

Even if there is no ligament damage, Jeter still may undergo surgery, according to Heyman, because it could speed up the healing process.

The Yankees were told that after three months’ rest, the 38-year-old could be back in action, assuming that there is no damage beyond his broken bone. But if ligament damage in indeed found, Heyman said, the five-time Gold Glove Award winner may very well have to have the surgery.

If Jeter does in fact get operated on, a three-month return might be nothing but a pipe dream. In a worst-case scenario, he could miss the start of Spring Training and potentially the start of the regular season.

“It was sad to see,” former Yankees manager Joe Torre said upon seeing Jeter in the training room following the injury. “There was really nothing to say. He lies there for a while, (and) you know it’s not a bruise. It takes a lot for him to have to be helped off the field … He’s indestructible.”

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