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Girardi: Injured Derek Jeter in 'holding pattern'

By Dayn Perry | Baseball Writer

It's still not certain when Derek Jeter can play again.  (USATSI)
It's still not certain when Derek Jeter can play again. (USATSI)

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Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, who's been limited to just 17 games played this season, has in recent days been battling right ankle soreness, and his status remains uncertain. Jeter was unable to participate in any baseball activities on Tuesday, and, According to manager Joe Girardi, the Yankees and Jeter are in a "holding pattern" regarding any time-table for his return (source: Andy McCullough via Twitter).

That means that for the time being, Eduardo Nunez (.669 OPS on the season) will likely continue on as the primary shortstop. Jeter hasn't appeared in the lineup since Saturday.

On the season, the 39-year-old Jeter is batting a meager .190/.288/.254 in 73 plate appearances. Last season, Jeter led the majors in hits but of course suffered a serious leg fracture in the ALCS -- an injury that didn't allow him to make his 2013 debut until July 11.

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