The Yankees stopped describing surgeries to their players as "successful" years ago. Instead, they simply give the bare facts of an operation.

Saturday, the team sent out an update on Derek Jeter's left ankle surgery performed by Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, N.C.

The statement said a complete recovery is expected to take four to five months. The Yankees initially said when Jeter fractured the ankle in Game 1 of the ALCS against the Tigers, that their shortstop and leadoff hitter would be out three months. It could be that Robertson is being conservative with his prognosis.

Even if it takes five months, Jeter could be ready for Opening Day. What the injury might do is knock Jeter out of playing for Joe Torre and the United States in the World Baseball Classic.