Yankees’ injury woes continue as another star player lands on DL
The Bronx Bombers took another hit recently, this time losing their beloved captain: Derek Jeter. Jeter is the latest Yankee to go down with injury woes, causing a great deal of concern, and question marks as Opening Day versus the Red Sox is just over a week away.
Derek Jeter fractured his ankle last October during the American League Championship Series and underwent surgery immediately after. Though his age was always a barrier to his recovery, the team had hoped that he would be ready for the start of the 2013 season. He showed up to Spring Training a bit worse for the wear, but he seemed healthy enough to play another season as the leader of one of the best teams in the MLB.
Things quickly took a turn for the worse, however, as Jeter seems to have re-injured his ankle. After getting just four at-bats in as a DH, Jeter was complaining of soreness. He will miss the scheduled game on Sunday. Jeter looks primed to miss Opening Day, but the bigger question is how much of the season will he miss?
While Jeter may be well over the hill at the age of 38, he is still a good player and big part of the Yankee lineup. Without him, Mark Teixeira, Curtis Granderson, and Alex Rodriguez, the Yankees lineup is starting to look frayed and broken. The Yankee offense is starting to show its age, which is something that GM Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi are probably concerned about going into the 2013 season.
With a week to go until Opening Day, the Yankees still have time to fill up some holes. And although the Yankees are always a force to be reckoned with, their reliance on aging stars may just be catching up to them.