Derek Jeter needed to be helped off the field after attempting a diving stop on a grounder by Detroit Tigers shortstop Jhonny Peralta in the 12th inning of Saturday night's ALCS game at Yankee Stadium after suffering a fractured left ankle.

"His ankle fractured," manager Joe Girardi said after the game.

Jeter made the stop moving to his left and flipped the ball toward first base, but rolled over and remained face down on the infield in obvious pain.

"It's a three month recovery," Girardi said. "It won't jeopardize his career."

Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue rushed to assist the Yankees' captain, who needed to be supported on the shoulder of both men, unable to put any weight on his left leg. What remained of the crowd chanted "Derek Jeter!'' as he was helped into the dugout.