Derek Jeter will be in walking boot

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Derek Jeter will be in a walking boot when he appears at a news conference Thursday at Yankee Stadium.

Jeter was diagnosed last week with another small fracture in his left ankle, which he originally broke in October.

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman confirmed Tuesday that Jeter, whose ankle was immobilized for weeks in a boot after he underwent surgery in October, would be placed back in the boot by Dr. Robert Anderson, the Charlotte, N.C.,-based foot and ankle specialist who performed the operation.

Yankees manager Joe Girardi mentioned earlier Tuesday that he believed Jeter would need to use the boot again as part of his recovery.

"He saw the doctor again, and he'll meet us [in New York] on Thursday," Girardi said before the Yankees' game against the Tampa Bay Rays.

Girardi said he had not spoken with Jeter this week, although he had sent the shortstop a text message.

Girardi could not provide additional details on Jeter's recovery from the injury he originally suffered in the 12th inning of Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 13. The Yankees captain underwent surgery a week later and was expected to be ready to return to the lineup by Opening Day.

But Jeter continued to be plagued by pain and stiffness in the ankle throughout spring training and began the season on the disabled list after being shut down over the last two weeks of camp.

The Associated Press reported last week that Jeter appeared to be walking normally in street shoes at the Yankees' developmental complex in Tampa. But the new fracture was discovered last Thursday, after Jeter made what the team called "an unscheduled visit" to Anderson's office for further tests.

The Yankees have not provided a firm date for Jeter's return, although Cashman said he expected the 38-year-old to return after the All-Star break.