If Derek Jeter is looking for a little bit of positive news following his postseason-ending left ankle fracture and the road back to recovery, he might find it when he meets with "the real deal," Charlotte, N.C.-based foot and ankle specialist Dr. Robert Anderson.

"People fly to (Anderson) from all over the country. Jeter is going to the real deal," Dr. Lewis Maharam, the past president of the New York Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine, told the Daily News on Monday.

The Yankee captain suffered the injury early Sunday morning in Game 1 of the ALCS while diving to his left on a ground ball hit by Detroit's Jhonny Peralta. Jeter, 38, was helped off the Stadium field by Joe Girardi and trainer Steve Donohue. Jeter was photographed later Sunday leaving a Manhattan hospital on crutches.

He did not travel to the Motor City, where his team will try to bounce back from a 0-2 hole.

Whether Jeter will undergo surgery depends upon the nature and severity of the injury, according to orthopedic surgeon Dr. Jeremy Smith of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

"With ankle fractures, there are stable patterns of injury versus unstable," Smith told The News. "It depends on where the break is, if it involves multiple bones and if there are associated ligament injuries."