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Yankees place Derek Jeter on 15-day DL with right calf strain

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

For the third time in 2013, Derek Jeter is heading to the DL.
For the third time in 2013, Derek Jeter is heading to the DL. (USATSI)

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The nightmare season for Derek Jeter continues. The Yankees placed their captain on the 15-day DL for a third time on Monday, this time with a Grade 1 right calf strain. He has previously missed time with a fractured left ankle and a strained right quad.

“It's been terrible,” Jeter said following the MRI on Sunday. “It's been like a nightmare. The whole season has been a nightmare. I really don't know what to tell you. I wish that wasn't the case and we were sitting here talking about something besides another injury. We'll see what happens. I have no idea."

Jeter, 39, has appeared in only five games this year due to the various injuries. He has gone 4 for 19 (.211) with a home run, two walks and no strikeouts. The Yankees told him to scale back his effort level while running on routine plays in an effort to avoid a setback, but obviously it did not work.

By placing Jeter on the DL, the Yankees cleared a roster spot for Alex Rodriguez. He was activated off the 60-day DL and is in Monday's lineup even though MLB suspended him for the remainder of 2013 and all of 2014. A-Rod plans to appeal.

Brent Lillibridge was designated for assignment and David Adams was recalled from Triple-A Scranton as well.

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