Yankees’ shortstop Derek Jeter was not in the lineup during New York’s 4-3 victory over Boston on Sunday, and might not be for a while.
A CT scan on Saturday showed no new break or re-fracture in Jeter’s surgically repaired left ankle, but Yankees’ manager Joe Girardi isn’t sure if the Hall of Fame-bound shortstop will return this season.
“His ankle is a little sore, so we are probably going to give him a couple of days and make an evaluation,” Girardi told ESPNNewYork.com’s Andrew Marchand.
While there is no immediate plan to shut Jeter down for the remainder of the season, the Yankees have to be concerned with allowing Jeter to do too much and risking permanent injury.
“I don’t think you will ever get him to concede,” said Girardi, “I believe that one of the things that have made him great for so long is his ability to fight through things and to find a way to get it done even when it has looked like he might be too nicked up.”
Eduardo Nunez will be the Yankees everyday shortstop in Jeter’s absence – he is hitting .260 on the season.
New York currently trails the Boston Red Sox by ten games in the American League East, but sits only two games back of the Tampa Bay Rays for the second wild card and a playoff berth.