Yankees GM Brian Cashman just told reporters that Derek Jeter has "a small crack" in the area where his left ankle was fractured in October. The crack was discovered by a CT scan after Jeter traveled to Charlotte, N.C., for an unscheduled visit to Dr. Robert Anderson, the ankle specialist who did the surgery to repair the injury.
What it means: The Yankees will be without their captain and one of the three remaining members of their Core Four until after the All-Star break. It also means that, barring a move, Eduardo Nunez will be the every-day shortstop for the next two months at least.
What is likely to happen: You have to figure the Yankees will move Jeter to the 60-day disabled list to clear roster space and look to either acquire a competent backup infielder or promote someone from Triple-A. With Jeter out, Gil Velazquez got a lot of playing time in spring training and could be recalled. Ronnier Mustelier, who is still recovering in Tampa from a knee injury suffered from hitting a railing in March, is almost certainly not an option at this point.
What about Jeter's future: Good question. This almost certainly eliminates any possibility, however remote, of taking a shot at the career hit record and raises serious questions about whether, at 39 by the time he comes back, Jeter can be an every-day shortstop again at the major league level.
QUESTION: Are you comfortable with Nunez as the regular shortstop for at least half the season? If not, what's your solution?