Baseball fans know the extremes in emotion a playoff game can cause.
One minute you’re flying high, and the next, stunned disbelief.
Last night was one of those nights for NY Yankees fans. They were trailing the Detroit Tigers in the ninth inning of Game 1 of the AL Championships, when Raul Ibanez hit a two run homer to tie the game. The jubilation was short-lived.
In the 12th inning, Detroit won by two runs, but even more importantly, they lost shortstop Derek Jeter to an injury. Jeter’s left leg collapsed as he was fielding a ground ball. X-rays revealed an ankle fracture that will require at least 3 months to heal.
Yankees Manager Joe Girardi told reporters:
There is disappointment that we didn’t win the game. There is disappointment that our captain and our leader went down for the rest of the year.
At this time, it is unknown whether surgery will be necessary.
Although there are many ways to fracture an ankle bone, the most common injuries involve a sharp twist of the ankle or a direct impact that breaks at least one (or more) of the ankle bones.
These symptoms are nearly identical to those of a ankle sprain, and the only way to know for sure whether an injury is a fracture or a sprain is by taking an xray of the ankle.
Treatment for a fractured ankle usually involves casting to prevent movement while the bones heal. More severe fractures, especially involving both bones, may require surgical stabilization as well.