Fracture confirmed; Jeter won't travel with team

Fracture confirmed; Jeter won't travel with team

NEW YORK -- Yankees captain Derek Jeter will not travel with the team when the American League Championship Series shifts scenes to Detroit's Comerica Park for Tuesday's Game 3.

Jeter had an MRI exam and CT scan on Sunday that confirmed the initial diagnosis of a left ankle fracture. He is in a splint and crutches, the Yankees said, and will be sent to see foot and ankle specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

Manager Joe Girardi said that the Yankees are trying to determine if Jeter -- who was not present at Yankee Stadium for Game 2 -- will need surgery. Even if surgery is recommended, Girardi said that the Yankees expect Jeter to be fully recovered in time for Spring Training.

"It's possible," Girardi said. "That's why he's having more tests. When I went back there [on Saturday night], the doctor said, 'I'm not saying you're going to need it, but the next tests will determine if you need it.'"

Girardi suggested that weakness in Jeter's ankle probably contributed to the non-contact injury, which occurred as the shortstop chased Jhonny Peralta's 12th-inning infield single in New York's 6-4 loss to Detroit.

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When asked if Jeter had been having cortisone shots administered to treat pain in his ankle, Girardi flashed a knowing smile and declined to answer.

"I think everyone knows he's been kind of taking care of that foot a lot," Nick Swisher said after Game 1.

"I've heard things that he needs to have it elevated," Girardi said. "I'm not sure. I don't imagine it'd be real comfortable traveling at this point."

As Jeter lay on the infield dirt writhing in pain, he told Girardi not to carry him off the field. Unable to put pressure on his left leg, Jeter eventually needed help from Girardi and head athletic trainer Steve Donohue to get back to the dugout. But Girardi said Jeter would have preferred to do it on his own.

"Because that's who he is," Girardi said. "He sends messages through the way he plays a lot of times, the way he goes about his business. He's going to have his conversations one on one with people, but he sends a message every day by the way he goes about his life. He was sending a message, 'We're going to be fine.'"

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.