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The Captain injured himself when he dove for a ball in the extra inning loss to the Detroit Tigers. The recovery time is three months.
As if the blow to the stomach of losing a game in which they rallied for four runs in the ninth inning wasn't enough, the Yankees will have to proceed through the rest of the playoffs without their current best hitter and Captain. Joe Girardi confirmed after the game that Jeter had fractured his left ankle on the diving stop in the infield in extra innings, making everyone's worst fears when he needed to be carried off the field immediately afterward a reality. The break has nothing to do with a bone bruise that Jeter was dealing with at the end of the regular season.
The heart-breaking loss after a pretty amazing comeback to tie the game now hurts just a little more, as Jeter was one of the only bright spots on offense the past six games. Without him, more pressure will now fall to Robinson Cano, Alex Rodriguez, Nick Swisher, and Curtis Granderson to actually start hitting if the Yankees hope to avoid elimination.
Eduardo Nunez will be activated for tomorrow's game. He and Jayson Nix will likely see the majority of time at shortstop for as long as the Yankees remain in the playoffs.