Baseball fans watched as Derek Jeter suffered a season ending surgery in 2012. His ankle required surgery, but there was optimism and belief that he would be ready at or near the beginning of the 2013 season. That is no longer a reality.
The 38-year-old Jeter was examined by his surgeon on Thursday. A small tear is present at the point of surgery, and he will be unable to play until after the all-star break in July. No further surgery will be required.
He fractured the ankle in last year’s ALCS. “This is obviously a setback,” general manager Brian Cashman told the newspapers before updating the timetable for Jeter’s return.
Jeter joined the Yankees in 1995. The Yankee captain has a career batting average of .313. He has 3304 career hits, and has scored 1868 runs. He has 1254 RBI’s, including 524 doubles and 255 home runs. He has been an all-star 13 times.
Before the season barely began, the Yankees have been decimated by injury. The have lost first baseman Mark Teixeira (wrist), center fielder Curtis Granderson (forearm) and third baseman Alex Rodriguez (hip) joining Jeter as high-priced superstars who have yet to make their 2013 debuts.
At 38 years old, how well will Jeter be able to contribute to his team? An injury of any kind for a player who has competed for 18 years is difficult, but his injury is severe enough that a successful rehabilitation which ensures a complete recovery is difficult.
I personally watched Gil Hodges, Duke Snyder, Johnny Padres, and even Sandy Koufax reach a point in their careers when they were physically unable to contribute to their teams. I hated to see them leave the diamond. Yankees fans will rightfully feel the same way about Jeter, whenever he retires.
Columnist-The Guardian Express