Jeter’s range at shortstop has been diminished for years, but does this injury — and it’s impact on Jeter’s ability to strengthen his legs in the offseason — make it unrealistic for him to play the position going forward? Is the recovery really going to happen fast enough for Jeter to be ready on Opening Day? Could an injury to his front ankle affect his swing?
Those are impossible to answer right now.
The Yankees have seen what it’s like to have a rangy but less reliable shortstop, and the results left Eduardo Nunez shipped to Triple-A. If the Yankees were to go after a shortstop as an Opening Day alternative, what would happen to him when Jeter’s ready (and if he falls into a utility role, why not just keep Nunez or Jayson Nix as the backup plan)? Even if he gets off to a slow offensive start, clearly Jeter’s going to be given a chance to work out any sort of offensive struggles before a change is made.
So the Yankees wait. What’s done is done, and they’ll sort out the fallout when they see it.
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