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Yankees' Derek Jeter to undergo ankle surgery

Shortstop will have an operation Saturday on the right ankle, which he broke in Game 1 of ALCS. His recovery is expected to take four or five months.

October 18, 2012|By Paul Sullivan

DETROIT — — New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter will undergo surgery on his broken right ankle Saturday, and the timetable for his recovery has been pushed back from three months to four or five months.

General Manager Brian Cashman said there was nothing new that led to the recovery time.

"I just think he wanted to be more conservative with it," Cashman said long before Wednesday night's Game 4 of the American League Championship Series was postponed until Thursday because of inclement weather. "So that's what we're going to go with. My understanding is that it's possible he will be ready earlier than that time frame, but it is best to at least put out there four, five months as a safer bet."

Is Alex Rodriguez on trade block?

Keith Olbermann wrote on his blog Wednesday that the Yankees and Miami Marlins have held discussions on a trade for Alex Rodriguez.

Cashman called the report "100% false," adding he has not had any trade discussions with any GM since the trade deadline in July.

He also said that Rodriguez's benching was "purely baseball-related." The New York Post reported that Rodriguez was flirting with two women during Game 1 of the ALCS at Yankee Stadium, sending them an autographed baseball and asking for their phone numbers.

"This is all about winning, regardless of the report that's out there that's a non-baseball-related story," Cashman said.

Cashman wasn't worried about how Rodriguez's future in New York would be affected by the benching.

"We will go forward," he said. "Alex will go forward. The one thing about this game, as we all appreciated over time, you're going to have some good times and going to have some tough times. When you go through tough times, it's not the be all and end all."

Extra innings

Miguel Cabrera will take a 19-game postseason hitting streak into Game 4, the longest in Detroit Tigers history. Hank Greenberg held the previous record of 18. … Detroit's Phil Coke became the first reliever to record two saves in the postseason after saving one or fewer games in the regular season. … The Yankees' 2.25 earned-run average going into Game 4 is the team's lowest since the 1961 team had a 1.60 ERA in the World Series.

psullivan@tribune.com

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