Derek Jeter is done for the rest of the postseason. While moving to his left on a ball hit by Jhonny Peralta, Jeter landed awkwardly and went down. He went down and didn't get up. The New York Yankees' shortstop had been nursing an injury in the same ankle for the past several weeks and it may have led to the fracture last night.
According to Mark Feinsand of the New York Daily News, Jeter was taken to the training room and underwent an X-Ray to confirm the fracture. The team doctor told Jeter he was done for the rest of the postseason and this wasn't the type of injury he could even try playing through. Jeter had no reaction says Feinsand, but the rest of the team did.
"For him to lay down on the field, I knew that something had to be broke or torn completely," said Andy Pettitte. "When I saw him not get up, I knew he was done."
And he was. Jeter could not put any weight on the ankle and had to be helped off the field. He refused to be carried, but he could not walk so manager Joe Girardi held his left leg in the air while the team trainer assisted Jeter in getting off the field.
The Yankees GM said the injury should heal up over the winter, and Jeter will be ready for the spring training. Jeter's loss in the postseason, though, will be difficult for New York to overcome. The Yankees left Eduardo Nunez off their American league Championship roster and chose to carry another pitcher instead. The team felt that Jeter's bone bruise had healed enough that they did not need to concern themselves with carrying a second back-up infielder. They have Jayson Nix, who will now be their go-to guy at shortstop for the rest of the postseason.
Jeter had been one of the hottest Yankees in the postseason. He was hitting .333/.379/.444 in six playoff games. He had one of the best seasons of his career leading up to the postseason. He had 216 hits, three shy of his career-high, and he batted .316.
The Yankees were down 4-0 in the bottom of the ninth when the Yankees began their comeback. And the new Mr. October was part of it. Raul Ibanez hit a game-tying two-run home run to send the game into extra innings. However, just after Jeter fractured his ankle, Delmon Young of the Tigers hit a double to break up the tie and ultimately send Detroit to victory.