With Jeter out, Yankees looking a little lost

Posted: October 15, 2012

NEW YORK - A player stood at shortstop at Yankee Stadium, yet the shortstop was missing.

For 16 years and 158 consecutive games, Derek Jeter had been in the New York Yankees' postseason lineup, the Lou Gehrig and Cal Ripken of October.

"When you think of postseason, you think of Derek Jeter," Detroit manager Jim Leyland said.

And now Jeter was absent for Game 2 of the AL Championship Series against the Tigers on Sunday, off undergoing tests after his left ankle cracked during another stressful moment in another sapping game. Taking the captain's place was Jayson Nix.

Not since Game 5 of the 1995 AL division series against Seattle had the Yankees played in the postseason without Jeter.

But this is Jeter, as much a part of Yankee Stadium as the pinstripes, monuments, and 27 World Series banners. Not since rookie Mickey Mantle's knee buckled during Game 2 of the 1951 World Series had such an integral part of the team gotten hurt so severely during a postseason game.

Jeter had scans Sunday, which confirmed the fracture. He was in a splint and on crutches, and will soon see foot specialist Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. Jeter will not accompany the Yankees to Detroit, and his recovery is expected to take three months.

Without Jeter and injured closer Mariano Rivera, there's little core left in the Core Four, with only Andy Pettitte still in uniform and Jorge Posada watching from retirement.

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