Before fracturing his ankle in game one of the ALCS against the Tigers last October, Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter was told he had a stress fracture in his foot. Yankees GM Brian Cashman said that the team only knew about a bone bruise, and manager Joe Girardi agreed with that statement. But during a media session on Sunday, Jeter came out with the revelation of the stress fracture.
“They told me it was a bone bruise and I am not going to ask them to look at it again, and eventually it turned into a stress fracture and broke in half,’’ Jeter said about his left ankle. “If you play, you play. I don’t think you talk about injuries because then it’s an excuse. I was told I was able to play. Unfortunately it broke, but I would do the same thing over again if I had to.’’
I understand where Jeter is coming from. After all. he was replaced by Jayson Nix and Eduardo Nunez in the ALCS after fracturing his ankle, and neither is anywhere near the hitter that Jeter is, even at this stage in his career. But with his career coming to a close, a injury like a broken ankle could be a final hurrah for Jeter. I get that he doesn't want the fans' last memory of him to be limping off the field with the help of trainers, but if a couple of days of rest in September could have prevented this, I'm sure that's something that would have benefited the team a lot more.
Jeter also claims he'll be good to go for Opening Day, despite only running on a treadmill thusfar this spring and not on the field. That's not a huge concern, considering that there are still six weeks left until the Yankees kick the season off against the Red Sox, but you've gotta wonder just how Jeter will look when he tests his ankle on the field for the first time.