Yankees hope Derek Jeter will be '100 percent'

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had surgery Saturday on the ankle he broke during the first game of the ALCS on Oct. 13.  series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York.  (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had surgery Saturday on the ankle he broke during the first game of the ALCS on Oct. 13. series against the Detroit Tigers Sunday, Oct. 14, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter had surgery on Saturday to repair a broken left ankle.

Dr. Robert Anderson operated in Charlotte, N.C. The Yankees said complete recovery for their 38-year-old captain is expected to take four-to-five months.

Jeter was injured Oct. 13 in the 12th inning of the AL Championship Series against Detroit while trying to field a grounder. The Tigers went on to sweep the Yankees.

“I’m hopeful he’s going to come back 100 percent,” manager Joe Girardi told the team’s Web site. “I know he’s going to do everything in his willpower to get back to 100 percent. Let’s hope he can come back.”

• Yankees ace CC Sabathia will have his pitching elbow examined by Dr. James Andrews after inflammation that landed him on the disabled list in August.

An MRI showed a bone spur in the left elbow and the Yankees believe it has existed since he pitched for Cleveland from 2001-08.

TIGERS: Jose Valverde threw a few pitches during Detroit’s workout on Saturday, then returned to the dugout as upbeat as usual.

Valverde’s role for the World Series still isn’t clear, but the right-hander doesn’t seem to mind.

“I don’t care. All I want is to be a champion,” he said. “If I had to start, I’d do it.”

Valverde has been Detroit’s closer for three years and didn’t blow a save through all of 2011, but this postseason has been ugly. He lost Game 4 of the division series against Oakland and gave up four runs in the ALCS opener against the New York Yankees. The Tigers went on to win that game and sweep the series, but Valverde hasn’t been used since.

The World Series begins Wednesday. Valverde sounds confident he’s made the necessary mechanical adjustments, and so does manager Jim Leyland.

“I think everybody’s making too big of a deal of the Valverde situation. Valverde’s going to be ready. There’s nothing wrong with Valverde. He’s going to be fine,” Leyland said.

TRADES: The Arizona Diamond­backs acquired reliever Heath Bell and infielder Cliff Pennington in trades that sent outfielder Chris Young to the Oakland Athletics.

Arizona obtained Pennington and minor league infielder Yordy Cabrera from Oakland for Young and cash, then sent Cabrera to the Miami Marlins for Bell and cash.

Earlier, Arizona exercised a $6.5 million option on closer J.J. Putz.

Arizona general manager Kevin Towers says Bell provides a right-handed power arm to help set up Putz and Pennington gives the team experience at shortstop and second base.

Young, Arizona’s center fielder for six seasons, was the odd man out in a crowded outfield with the team expecting young Adam Eaton to play center and be its leadoff hitter.


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