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BALTIMORE -- The Yankees will be without Derek Jeter until at least the All-Star break, as the team announced Thursday that a CT scan revealed a small fracture in the shortstop's surgically repaired left ankle.

That means Jeter will not be active when his team plays the Rays next week at Tropicana Field. Rays manager Joe Maddon said he was disappointed that Jeter would not be on the field against the Rays.

"Listen, I always want us to beat the other team with their best team on the field," Maddon said. "I mean that sincerely. He's going to be a first-ballot Hall of Famer whenever that opportunity arises. I really love the way he plays the game. Here's one of the superstars that really, for me, has always run hard to first base. And that's been my No. 1 sticking point among our guys.

"He plays the game properly; he always has. I know they're doing OK right now, but I know they're going to miss him long-term because of what he brings beyond what he does on the field."

Bill Chastain is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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