Yankees, Derek Jeter face hard truth

As ankle injury takes its toll, fans must accept Captain might never be the same

Updated: March 21, 2013, 7:52 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- In retrospect, the Yankees were asking an awful lot of Derek Jeter even before the rehab setback that now puts his Opening Day status in jeopardy.

Jeter had a truly exceptional 2012 season, leading all of baseball in hits (216), plate appearances (740) and at-bats (683), batting .316 and playing 135 games at shortstop as the oldest player at that position in baseball.

It was probably unrealistic to think he could repeat those numbers this season, at age 38-going-on-39, ...

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