THE BRONX — Just three innings after surging ahead with a two-run homer, the Yankees' hopes were dashed when Derek Jeter went down fielding a ground ball and didn't come up.
The rugged shortstop, who won the moniker Mr. November for his strong performance in the playoffs after 9/11, will be entirely out this year with a broken ankle, Yankees Manager Joe Girardi confirmed.
The Yankees lost to the Detroit Tigers 6 to 4 after a 12-inning game.
"He's out, he's out," said Girardi in a press conference following the injury. "We talked about a three month recovery period. It won't jeopardize his career, but he won't be playing anymore this year," he said.
Earlier, in the game's second inning, Jeter had extended his record when he made his 200th postseason hit. It was his 158th postseason game, and Jeter has more under his belt than any other MLB player, according to ESPN's SportsCenter.
Calling Jeter one of the toughest players he knew, Girardi said he tried to carry the shortstop off the field Saturday night, but that Jeter refused, and insisted on walking off the field with help.
"You could see the disappointment in his face," said Girardi.
Game 2 starts at 4 p.m. Sunday, and Eduardo Nunez is expected to fill Jeter's roster spot, with Jayson Nix playing shortstop moving forward.