Derek Jeter will “likely” have surgery on his broken left ankle, according to a report by ESPN, citing a league source.
Joe Girardi had previously acknowledged surgery was a possibility, though the Yankees captain is expected to be ready for spring training either way. Jeter had a CT scan and MRI that confirmed the break and is scheduled to see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson this week.
Jeter suffered the injury while trying to make a diving play in the 12th inning of Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series. Jeter, who is now on crutches, lay on the ground in pain and had to be helped off the field.
He was replaced on the roster by Eduardo Nunez. Jayson Nix filled in at short and batted ninth during Game 2 on Sunday.