The stream of bad news continues pouring in for the New York Yankees. During Saturday's 13-9 loss to the Boston Red Sox, manager Joe Girardi lifted shortstop Derek Jeter for a pinch-runner. At the time, the Yankees were trailing Boston 12-6 in the sixth. That led to hopeful speculation that Girardi was looking to buy Jeter some rest, but I think everybody knew it couldn't be a good sign.
Once the game ended, Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal confirmed the latter to be true.
As I just reported, #Yankees’ Jeter left game due to issue with or near surgically repaired left ankle.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) September 7, 2013
That's not good at all for New York. Jeter originally broke the ankle during last season's ALCS and ended up missing the first three months of 2013 as the healing process ended up taking longer than expected. He then suffered a strain right quad in his first game back on July 11, costing him another two weeks. After returning again on July 28, Jeter went on the DL a third time in early August with a right calf strain.
The calf injury cost him three weeks and led to his latest return on Aug. 26. Over the past two weeks, Jeter has split time between shortstop and designated hitter, but obviously that didn't help keep him healthy either. Now he's back to square one, which is renewed soreness in the left ankle.
Honestly, when you put the list of injuries together, it almost makes me wonder if Jeter's ankle has been a problem all along and he's been simply overcompensating. I'm not doctor and I'm not Derek Jeter, so I don't know either for a fact, but it seems possible if not likely that he's been doing himself more harm than good by appearing in 17 games this season.
It also makes me wonder if Jeter will ever be the same. Will this latest setback prove to be minor, or is Jeter dealing with a chronic issue that rest and rehab can't fix? You hate to think about it, but it's obviously a thought going through the Yankees' minds as well as they immediately sent Jeter for a CT scan on Saturday. Those results came back negative, but the team will seek a second opinion to make sure Jeter's ankle is holding up structurally.