Even though the fate of Derek Jeter was known by the time the sun rose Sunday morning, the Yankees shortstop still had to undergo the full battery of tests to be sure.
Then, just after the start of Game 2 of the American League Championship Series, the word from on high officially came down: The Captain's left ankle was fractured.
Now comes the next step in the process.
Jeter, who suffered the injury in the 12th inning of the Yankees' loss in Game 1 of the ALCS Saturday night, will travel to Charlotte, N.C., sometime this week to see Robert Anderson — a highly respected foot and ankle specialist — for an evaluation on what the course of action should be for recovery.
Jeter underwent a CT scan and an MRI on his ankle Sunday afternoon and is currently using a splint and the aid of crutches.
In announcing the next move for Jeter, the Yankees also said the 38-year-old shortstop would not travel with the team to Detroit for the middle games of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers.
"When we spoke to the doctor originally, he said it's probably a three-month ordeal," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game.
Anderson, who is the team physician for the NFL's Carolina Panthers, performed the surgery this past spring on Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks' broken foot.
Still, not having Jeter around Yankee Stadium for a postseason game was a strange sight for many Sunday.
"Again, it's horrible to watch because you're so accustomed to him being out there and he's not going to be out there," said former teammate and YES Network analyst Paul O'Neill. "But guys have an opportunity today to go out and realize that you're in a championship series. You're trying to get to the World Series — whether Derek Jeter is at shortstop today or not."
Yankees shortstop will travel to North Carolina to see specialist
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