The Yankees’ health woes keeping getting worse: Derek Jeter is likely to be out until at least “after the All-Star break” in July, the team said Thursday.
Jeter, 38, suffered an ankle injury during the playoffs last October, and his already rocky road to recovery was stalled Thursday when general manager Brian Cashman announced that a CT scan revealed a “small fracture” that will stall his recovery.
“This is obviously a setback,” Cashman said. “In terms of speculating on when we might see Derek back with us, we’d be looking at some time after the All-Star break,” he said, adding that the new injury does not require surgery.
“This is a new fracture. But a small one,” Cashman said. “That’s the only good part. They kept saying the word ‘small.’ But it’s a setback, so it’s not a good situation.”
After experiencing lingering pain in the area of the injury recently, Jeter traveled to Charlotte, N.C., where he underwent a CT scan under the supervision of Dr. Robert Anderson, the operating physician who is managing his recovery. Jeter had been cleared for baseball activity after two previous CT scans showed 100% healing, but the third one revealed a new injury.
There was no specific incident that caused the injury during Jeter’s rehabilitation. The issue was lingering pain and swelling after Jeter was cleared to resume baseball activity.
Cashman said that because the results of the first two CT scans gave him a clean bill of health, there’s no reason to believe Jeter did too much too soon. But the weakened condition of Jeter’s left ankle might be a factor in the new injury.
Asked if he considers it career-threatening, Cashman said, “All I can tell you is 95% of the people come back from this is what he [Anderson] told me.”
Dr. James Gladstone, the co-chief of sports medicine at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York, said that fears of a career-threatening injury are unwarranted. Gladstone cautioned that he hasn’t seen the results of the CT scan but added, “From a career-threatening point of view, I would doubt it.”
He added: “After three to four months, typically the bone is well-healed. But sometimes it takes longer. Something new developed. I would be hopeful