The Yankees said Wednesday that Jeter will be operated on Saturday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The timetable the team announced means Jeter likely would be ready to return sometime between the start of spring training in mid-February and late spring training in mid-March.
General manager Brian Cashman called that a conservative estimate and left open the possibility that Jeter could come back sooner. Jeter had scans Sunday, which confirmed the fracture, and he saw Anderson on Tuesday.
“There’s no new information,” Cashman said. “Nothing seemed worse than what our team doctors saw.”
“My understanding is that it’s possible he will be ready earlier than that timeframe,” Cashman said. “But it is best to at least put out there four, five months as a safer bet.”
New York trailed the Tigers 3-0 after Game 4 Wednesday night was postponed by a forecast of rain. The game was rescheduled for Thursday.
Jeter is the latest of the team’s longtime stars to go down with an injury. Mariano Rivera was lost for the season in May when he hurt his knee during batting practice.
This wasn’t the first time Jeter had recent trouble with his left leg. Manager Joe Girardi pulled him from a game at Boston on Sept. 12 because of what Jeter said was a sprained ankle. Jeter was a designated hitter for the next four games.
Jeter fouled a ball off his left foot in Game 3 of the division series, again was taken out early, and was at DH the next day before returning to shortstop.