New York Yankees shortstop and future Hall of Famer Derek Jeter is being haunted by an injured left ankle in the twilight of his career.
That left ankle – the same that was surgically repaired after Jeter broke it last October – was re-injured last weekend, and it looks like it could end his short season.
If this is it for Jeter in 2013, he hit just .190 in 63 at-bats. He notched one home run and seven RBI.
Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Jeter is day to day, which means there is plenty of pain in that ankle and worry in the front office. He is receiving treatment and not talking to reporters about the injury, which only creates further speculation over the severity of it.
There is no question that Jeter’s body is beginning to break down on him. At 39 years of age, it’s the dark reality of the game and no everyday player – not even one who has been the ultimate model of consistency throughout his career – is truly safe.
As the Yankees stay in the playoff hunt, the team will take its sweet time in ruling Jeter out for the rest of the season. But if the Yankees begin to drift back in the Wild Card standings, it seems likely that Jeter’s 2013 season would be over.