Brian Cashman Hopes to Have Derek Jeter Back After the All-Star Break, But Expects Curtis Granderson Back in MayApril 22, 2013 – 7:05 am by Steven Cuce
This past week the New York Yankees got an injury update they weren’t hoping to hear. Derek Jeter has a small fracture in the ankle he broke in October and will now be sidelined until at least after the All-Star break.
Brian Cashman gave the walking wounded report as the Bronx Bombers try to hold the fort down while Jeter, Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson continue to rehab.
Brian Cashman joined WFAN in New York with Mike Francesa to discuss an update on Derek Jeter’s ankle condition, Jeter’s confidence level right now, the possible return date for Jeter and an injury update on Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson.
What’s the latest on Derek Jeter’s condition?
“He flew in to see Dr. Robert Anderson, who is the operation physician and lead physician on this, and he just kept hitting the wall of some pain and discomfort, some swelling, and that’s gone on for an extended period of time, so they’ve been in communication with Dr. Robert Anderson over the last few weeks. We’ve done X-rays that have been negative and Anderson articulated that it’s not abnormal for him, in the circumstance, or anyone to feel discomfort throughout their finalization process. But this has gone on longer, so he flew to see Anderson and he did a new CT scan and the previous two CT scans were all negative. He was completely healed in that area, but now the new CT scan revealed that he has a small crack, which is a fracture, but it’s small in the area of the previous injury, so we’re kind of having to push back, clearly, and the bone-healing process is 6-8 weeks. Although it is a small crack, it is going to need the six weeks, at the very least, and he’s going to have to be pushed back a little bit.”
So you expect Derek Jeter to be on the field this year? Have you sensed any dejection in him?
“Yes. He is a type that would never let anyone see that. As a human being you know it is there, but from the competitive side and the warrior side, he’ll never show you that. If you’re asking him how he feels all the time it is, ‘I’m good and I’m fine.’ I was on the phone with him yesterday and he said, ‘I’ll see you in six weeks,’ and that’s obviously not going to be the case, but he is one tough cookie. And that’s why it makes a lot more sense now, because this has gone on for a period of time, and Derek doesn’t have difficulty playing with anything that is small, but clearly we are not dealing with something that is small — even though it’s a fracture. It’s a small fracture, no less, and it certainly casts a light now on why he’s been hitting a wall here towards the end of his rehab process.”
So is the plan for Derek Jeter to come back after the All-Star break?
“Yes. He’ll be coming back at some point after that. He’s going to have to have a six-week process — I’d say is my guess — of healing. From my understanding it is not a reset of the healing altogether, to go back all the way to square one and get the boot on and light exercises or actually the stuff I am going through right now. It’s not like that, because he’s strengthened the muscles and the tendons back and gotten a lot of functionality back in the ankle. He’s just got a small crack in that area that he will probably stabilize for a small period of time. I think he can do a lot of things moving forward still. He’s not going to be on crutches and he’s not going to be in anything like that, and they have some aggressive treatments they can do and I think he can do a lot of therapy, like swimming and stuff. So there’s a lot of things he can do on this second run that he wasn’t able to do on this first round, because, again, it’s a small crack and he’s already to a certain point, but the most important thing is you just have to allow and wait for the bone to heal.”
Where are you with Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson? Anything new to tell about either one of them?
“Not really. Granderson is down in Tampa. Tex is with us up in Toronto on the road, and then we go from Toronto to Tampa on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, and I think we are in a position to leave Tex behind, probably, and we hope in Tampa where he can start some baseball functionality and move forward. Tex is swinging the bat in the stadium here, under water in a controlled environment, and so far the small steps have all been positive. He’s cleared those hurdles thus far, but we’ve got a long way to go on Tex, and Granderson should be fine. We’ll get him back somewhere between the first and 15th of May. I think with Tex it’s possible that the range is possible for him, but with that wrist who the heck knows? It’s tough to predict.”