Derek Jeter won't return to the New York Yankees lineup until after July's All-Star break, general manager Brian Cashman told reporters Thursday.
Jeter, 38, is recovering from a broken ankle suffered in last year's ALCS. Now doctors have discovered a small crack in the area of his previous injury. It's another setback for the Yankees captain, who was previously expected to return around May 1.
Jeter made an unscheduled visit to his ankle surgeon in Charlotte on Thursday for a CT scan. Cashman said Jeter doesn't need another surgery, just more time to heal. Jeter hasn't played since March 23 when he felt soreness around his ankle after a few spring training games. Until that point, he had hoped to be ready for opening day. Recently, Jeter had been working out in Florida at the team's minor-league complex.
Here's Cashman, per MLB.com's Bryan Hoch:
"This is obviously a setback. In terms of speculating when we might see Derek back with us, you’d be looking at sometime after the All-Star break.”
Consider this more bad news for a Yankees team that's already without Curtis Granderson, Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriguez. Teixeira, however, was recently cleared to start swinging a bat. The Yankees and Granderson are unsure about his timetable. A-Rod is due back around the All-Star break as well. Despite their injury woes, the Yankees are 8-5, good enough for second in a competitive American League East.
In Jeter's absence, The Yankees have played Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix at shortstop. Neither has performed at a Jeter-like level. Nunez, who has played the most, is hitting .240/.323/.280. Nix is hitting .182/.240/.318. The Yankees even put Robinson Cano at short briefly. Cashman, according to the New York Times, said the team would not look for outside help at shortstop.
We haven't heard from Jeter yet. He's expected to be in New York for the Yankees next home stand (starting April 25) and speak then, according to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News.
Here's more from Cashman:
“He is obviously the toughest one we’ve ever had. You know when Derek Jeter continues to have issues that don’t go away, you know that means more than just your typical something.”