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Girardi won't say if Jeter can come back this season

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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter reinjured his surgically repaired left ankle and was not in the lineup against the Boston Red Sox on Sunday. On Monday, ESPN reported the Yankees do not know if their captain will be able to return this season.

With the regular season ending in three weeks, manager Joe Girardi would not guarantee that the 39-year-old Jeter would return. Jeter has played in only 17 games this season and is batting .190.

"His ankle is a little sore, so we are probably going to give him a couple of days and make an evaluation," Girardi said.

According to numerous reports, Jeter had been having trouble moving on the ankle the past week.'s Danny Knobler reported:

"Scouts watching the Yankees have been saying all week that he doesn't look right, that his swing has been all upper-body, that he can't move around at shortstop and that his ankle problems even seem to be affecting his throwing."

Weekend tests on Jeter's ankle came back negative -- no break was detected.

But as far as what the rest of the season holds for Jeter, Girardi would not commit.

"Not right now," Girardi said.

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