DETROIT -- Derek Jeter's ability to be ready for Opening Day next season is in question after the New York Yankees' 38-year-old shortstop elected to have surgery on his broken ankle that will require four to five months of recovery time.
The prognosis, announced in a news release put out by the Yankees on Wednesday afternoon, represents a significant change from the first reports that said Jeter would need three months to recover and would be ready for the start of spring training.
The new prognosis was offered by Dr. Robert Anderson, a foot and ankle specialist who examined Jeter at his office Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.
"The specialist is taking a more conservative approach than our team doctors," Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said. "This doesn't preclude him being ready in three months."
Asked if he believed Jeter would be ready for Opening Day, Cashman said, "He'll be ready when he's ready.''
A call to Jeter's agent, Casey Close, was not immediately returned.
Jeter broke the ankle attempting to field a ground ball in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the AL Championship Series between the Yankees and the Detroit Tigers on Saturday night at Yankee Stadium.
At the time of the injury, Jeter -- who enjoyed a fine bounce-back season in 2012, hitting .316 -- was leading all Yankees regulars in hitting this postseason with a .333 batting average in six games.