Bronx, NY – New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter fractured his left ankle in the 12th inning of Saturday's 6-4 loss to the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.
Jeter moved to his left to field a ground ball hit by Jhonny Peralta and fell to the ground as he gloved the ball. He was unable to get up and flipped the ball weakly toward second base.
After a few moments, he was helped off the field -- unable to put any weight on his left foot.
"His ankle is fractured," said Yankees manager Joe Girardi. "It will be a three-month recovery period. It won't threaten his career, but he won't be playing any more this season."
Jeter went 1-for-5 in the game and became the first player to ever record 200 career hits in the postseason.
Girardi indicated after the game that infielder Eduardo Nunez would replace Jeter on the roster. Nunez was active for the Yankees' prior series against Baltimore, but was replaced by Cody Eppley when New York decided to add an extra pitcher for the ALCS.
Nunez or Jayson Nix will likely take Jeter's spot at shortstop for the remainder of the ALCS.