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New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will likely miss the first half of the Major League Baseball season after a CT scan on Thursday revealed a crack in his surgically repaired left ankle.
Yankees general manger Brian Cashman said the Yankees were "looking at sometime after the All-Star break," for their veteran captain's return.
Jeter, 38, had been rehabbing his ankle at the Yankees' spring training complex in Tampa, Florida.
On Thursday he travelled to Charlotte, North Carolina, to consult doctor Robert Anderson, who performed the initial surgery on Jeter's ankle in October.
Jeter broke his ankle in game one of the American League Championship Series as he fielded a ground ball in the 12th inning of 6-4 loss to Detroit.
The Tigers went on to sweep that series and Jeter had surgery a week later.
Jeter had said in February he hoped to be ready to play by baseball's opening day, but he has been limited mostly to taking ground balls and batting practice at the training facility.
A 13-time All-Star, Jeter played in 159 games last year, his most since 2005. He batted .316 with 15 home runs and 58 runs batted in.