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Yankees' Derek Jeter opts for ankle surgery

Derek Jeter will have surgery on his broken left ankle, and the New York Yankees say he is expected to need four to five months to completely recover.

Veteran shortstop will require 4-5 months of recovery time

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter broke his ankle Saturday while trying to field a ground ball. (Al Bello/Getty Images)

Derek Jeter will have surgery on his broken left ankle, and the New York Yankees say he is expected to need four to five months to completely recover.

The Yankees said Wednesday that Jeter will be operated on Saturday by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C. The timetable the team announced means Jeter likely would be ready to return to baseball sometime between the start of spring training in mid-February and late spring training in mid-March.

Jeter, the Yankees' 38-year-old captain, broke his ankle Saturday in the 12th inning of the American League Championship Series opener while trying to field a ground ball.

The Yankees did not say whether there was any ligament damage.