Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jeter, Injured Again, Insists It's Not Over

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Jeter, Injured Again, Insists It's Not Over

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Derek Jeter couldn't understand it. Or maybe just pretended like he didn't.

In Jeter's mind, this was supposed to be a news conference about the New York Yankees putting him on the disabled list with a sore ankle, a jarring move that finished his season. So why then, before Wednesday night's game at Camden Yards, were people asking him about retiring?

"There's a lot of 'end' talk here, man," Jeter said, finally. "You guys want this to be the end for me?"

It was Jeter's way of playfully getting his point across without drawing blood, giving the pack of reporters the flat side of his sword. Delivered in his usual matter-of-fact tone, the message was clear.

I know what you're thinking.

And you can forget it.

Nah, Jeter wasn't going out like this. You could try to get him to entertain the idea of a position switch, or accept the notion that a 39-year-old, on a twice-fractured ankle, would never again live up to his Hall of Fame standards. But Jeter wasn't playing along. Not now.

"Why? Just because of an ankle injury?" Jeter said. "It's been a nightmare, but you don't start thinking about the end just because you have to deal with an injury."

People tend to side with Jeter because, well, he's Derek Jeter and has earned the benefit of the doubt. But that changed during the past 11 months, starting with the night his ankle cracked during Game 1 of the American League Championship Series.

This year, Jeter has made five trips to the DL, and Wednesday's move was announced after the Yankees decided he had become a danger both to himself and the team's playoff chances. That has to be difficult for Jeter to digest, and it's only the start of what already is shaping up to be a long winter for the Yankees captain.

Brian Cashman talked confidently Wednesday about how Jeter would be back for the 2014 season -- and playing shortstop, just in case there might be any confusion. …

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