Originally posted on NESN.com  |  Last updated 10/20/12
The New York Yankees were eliminated from the MLB playoffs just two days ago, but the team's young offseason has already drawn plenty of headlines. On Saturday, the team announced that shortstop Derek Jeter underwent surgery to repair a fractured left ankle. Jeter suffered the injury while trying to field a ground ball in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the ALCS. If all goes well during Jeter's recovery, the 38-year-old should be ready for Spring Training come February according to MLB.com. The Yankees are hopeful to have their captain back as soon as possible and are taking the doctor's advice in handling the situation. Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed the procedure on Jeter, expects his recovery should take close to five months. Brian Cashman and the Yankees are hoping the process will take closer to four months. "I believe that Dr. Anderson just put in a more conservative time frame on it, as explained to me," Cashman told MLB.com. "So there's no new information, nothing seen worse than what our team doctor saw. But in terms of the time frame, I just think [Anderson] wanted to be more conservative with it, so that's what we're going to go with." While it is yet to be seen how the Jeter situation plays out, the Yankees' front office is content with waiting things out and working with what they have in terms of depth at shortstop. "We do have Eduardo Nunez, we have Jayson Nix [as backups]. So it's not something we've focused on, and I wouldn't think that that's something I would gravitate to," Cashman responded when asked about the possibility of finding a replacement for Jeter in the offseason. The questions surrounding Derek Jeter's ankle are just some of the many that the Yankees will need to answer this offseason. For the first time in a long time it looks like New York might not have all the answers.
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