Yankees react to Jeter's ankle injury
During Game 1 of the American League Championship Series against the Tigers, Derek Jeter fractured his ankle while trying to collect a ground ball up the middle and is out for the remainder of the postseason. After the extra-innings loss, manager Joe Girardi, general manager Brian Cashman and teammates reacted to the Yankees captain's injury:
Manager Joe Girardi: "Jete has always been as tough as a player as I've ever been around. And you know, that's what he showed, was toughness. I mean, even when I went to the field, and I was going to carry him in, and he said, 'No, do not carry me.' That is the kind of guy he is. He is going to play through injuries and everything. And you can see the disappointment in his face."
General manager Brian Cashman: "If Derek Jeter needs help getting off the field, it's something extremely serious, and so I didn't expect the X-Rays to be showing anything but something bad. I knew his season was over. The Derek Jeter that we all have seen, he walks off the field if he can, and he couldn't."
Andy Pettitte: "It's terrible. We've got a series we have to play. We have to win this series. Somebody will have to step in and fill that spot."
Nick Swisher: "That's something that we've got to overcome, but we have to come back here tomorrow and be ready to go."
Jayson Nix: "It has to be said, I'm not going to replace him, but bottom line, somebody's got to step up and try to fill that role and move on."
Brett Gardner: "He's a real tough guy. He's fought through a lot here recently, and when he went down, I thought it looked a little odd. And then when I saw he couldn't get up, and he flipped the ball to Robbie Cano, because he knew there was a guy on second that could possible from third to home, you knew it wasn't good. It's frustrating; it's a frustrating loss. It's tough for Jeter to go down like that, especially after all that he's fought through the last couple of weeks."
Mark Teixeira: "We have to have guys step up. That's kind of been the theme all year. If one team is used to having guys step in to take someone's place, it's us. We've had to deal with it all year. It's really disappointing to have Derek out of the lineup. You know how much this game means to him, especially the playoffs mean so much to him. We probably feel more for him than anyone else who would go out."
Raul Ibanez: "That's a very difficult moment for all of us, and it's obvious what he means to our team. The way that he's been fighting and grinding through what he's been going through, the guy is a warrior. He's a gamer. It's obvious why he's been such a tremendous part of so many world championships."