One of the reasons Derek Jeter is going to see foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson this week in Charlotte, N.C., is to explore the possibility of undergoing a surgical procedure on the fractured left ankle that will accelerate the healing process.

Of course, if the process is performed, it won't be in time for Jeter to rejoin the Yankees this postseason, which could be over by tomorrow night.

According to GM Brian Cashman, Jeter will see Anderson "sometime this week, we don't have an exact date yet.''

Jeter suffered the injury scrambling for a ground ball in Game 1 of the ALCS, which ended in a 6-4 loss to the Tigers in 12 innings.

The procedure Anderson might perform is similar to the one Dr. Brian Schofield did on Orioles outfielder Nick Markakis' fractured thumb this season. A "T-plate" was inserted into the bone and reduced the recovery time by three weeks.