Derek Jeter will have surgery on his broken left ankle, and the New York Yankees say the star shortstop could need four to five months to completely recover.
The Yankees said Wednesday that Jeter will be operated on Saturday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.
The timetable the team announced means Jeter likely would be ready to return sometime between the start of spring training in mid-February and late spring training in mid-March.
General manager Brian Cashman called that a conservative estimate and left open the possibility that Jeter could come back sooner. Jeter had scans Sunday, which confirmed the fracture, and he saw Anderson on Tuesday.
Jeter, the Yankees’ 38-year-old captain, broke his ankle Saturday night in the 12th inning of the AL Championship Series opener vs. Detroit while trying to field a ground ball.
NATIONALS: With there being a feeling of “unfinished business,” Davey Johnson said he’d like to return as the team’s manager next season.
Johnson, 69, is not under contract with the team, but he told The Washington Post he doesn’t mind waiting to sign a deal to return.
“Is there some unfinished business? Yeah, there’s some unfinished business. But that’ll be up to ownership. That ball is in their court. I don’t have a bad feeling, and I don’t mind waiting until November like last year,” he told the newspaper.
Johnson told The Post that he and general manager Mike Rizzo already have talked about him returning for next season, but that the ultimate decision will be up to the team’s ownership.
Johnson is under contract to be an adviser next season, but the deal would have to be reworked if he returns to the dugout.
BREWERS: Veteran pitcher Livan Hernandez and catcher Yorvit Torrealba have become free agents after refusing outright assignments by Milwaukee to the minor leagues.
CUBS: After losing 101 games this season, the team is lowering the cost for season ticket holders by an average of 2 percent.
Tickets for the bleachers and the reserved seats in the upper deck will also be cut by an average of 10 percent.
OBITUARY: Eddie Yost, nicknamed “The Walking Man” because of his penchant for drawing bases on balls during an 18-year major league career, has died. He was 86.
The Boston Red Sox say Yost died Tuesday morning in Weston, Mass., but did not announce a cause.
Primarily a third baseman, Yost drew 1,614 walks – a total that still ranks 11th all-time. He was part of the original
Senators and also played for the Tigers and Angels.
Yost led the AL in walks six times, including a career-high 151 in 1956, and on-base percentage twice. He batted .254 with 139 home runs and 683 RBIs, but patience at the plate lifted his on-base percentage to an outstanding .394.
The Red Sox say Yost is survived by his daughters, Felita and Alexis, and son Mike.