Thursday, April 18, 2013
Rapid Reaction: Jeter out until July, at least
By Wallace Matthews
Yankees GM Brian Cashman just told reporters that Derek Jeter has "a small crack" in the area where his left ankle was fractured in October. The crack was discovered by a CT scan after Jeter traveled to Charlotte, N.C., for an unscheduled visit to Dr. Robert Anderson, the ankle specialist who did the surgery to repair the injury.
What it means: The Yankees will be without their captain and one of the three remaining members of their Core Four until after the All-Star break. It also means that, barring a move, Eduardo Nunez will be the every-day shortstop for the next two months at least.
What is likely to happen: You have to figure the Yankees will move Jeter to the 60-day disabled list to clear roster space and look to either acquire a competent backup infielder or promote someone from Triple-A. With Jeter out, Gil Velazquez got a lot of playing time in spring training and could be recalled. Ronnier Mustelier, who is still recovering in Tampa from a knee injury suffered from hitting a railing in March, is almost certainly not an option at this point.
What about Jeter's future: Good question. This almost certainly eliminates any possibility, however remote, of taking a shot at the career hit record and raises serious questions about whether, at 39 by the time he comes back, Jeter can be an every-day shortstop again at the major league level.
QUESTION: Are you comfortable with Nunez as the regular shortstop for at least half the season? If not, what's your solution?