BRONX, N.Y. -- Hours before the New York Yankees lost their second American League Championship Series game to the Detroit Tigers on Sunday, Yankees manager Joe Girardi told reporters that team captain Derek Jeter was undergoing medical tests on his fractured ankle and wanted his team to keep going.
Girardi would not discuss Jeter's medical condition before the Sunday 3-0 defeat, as doctors were still trying to determine what the shortstop did to his ankle while trying to field a ground ball on the 12th inning of Saturday night's first ALCS game, which ended as a Detroit victory of 6-4.
The Tigers now lead the best of seven series 2-0.
Girardi assured reporters Sunday that Jeter told him “he still feels great,” but he would not say whether Jeter would be able to travel with the team for the rest of the season.
Jeter has been replaced on the batting roster by Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix is playing shortstop, as the team captain will need at least three months to recover.
"I think there’s very few athletes in the game that I actually see you people down that he’s hurt. I don’t know if I've ever seen that," the manager continued. "I mean, I see people come into my office to do my interviews, and they're down. And what would Derek say? 'I'm great, let's go.'"
Girardi did wonder whether Jeter's loss could inspire the Yankees to an even better level of play, saying, "He means a lot to this club."
"We've had to find a way. We've done it all long and we're going to have to do it again. I mean, how often have we had our full line-up the full year? Not very often. I mean, we just haven't," said Girardi. "People left us for dead in August, September, and we laughed it off."
The manager would also not say whether Jeter's previous injury contributed to this latest setback.
"'Damn' was my first reaction. He had pretty much been the only offense that we had the entire playoffs," said a Yankees fan. "It hurts to see him go down because when it comes down to it, you can't replace 'Captain Clutch.'"
Prior to his current injury, Jeter had played in all 158 Yankees playoff games since he was a rookie in 1996.
The Bombers will have a day off before heading to Detroit on Wednesday for Game 3 of the ALCS.
First pitch is set for 8 p.m.