Derek Jeter's season is over: Yankees place captain on 15-day DL

By Mike Axisa | Baseball Writer

Continued ankle problems have ended Derek Jeter's season.
Continued ankle problems have ended Derek Jeter's season. (USATSI)

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Derek Jeter's injury-marred season is over. Yankees GM Brian Cashman confirmed the team has placed their captain on the 15-day DL with continued left ankle problems. Jeter had surgery on the ankle last October and has been slow to recover.

"It's very disappointing not to be able to play, especially this time of year. This is when I want to play the most," said Jeter. "This entire year has been pretty much a nightmare for me physically, so it's kinda fitting that it ends like this."

"This was a much more difficult rehabilitation situation than we ever expected," said Cashman. Dr. Robert Anderson, who performed Jeter's surgery, said the area around his ankle needs to be strengthened and there simply isn't enough time to do that before the end of the year.

Jeter, 39, was removed from Saturday's game because manager Joe Girardi didn't like the way he was running. A CT scan came back negative. This is Jeter's fourth leg-related DL stint of the season. He's had quad and calf problems in addition to the ankle. Cashman confirmed Jeter will not return for the postseason if the Yankees qualify.

In 17 games this year, Jeter has hit .190/.288/.254 (50 OPS+) in 73 plate appearances. The Yankees acquired Brendan Ryan on Tuesday to add depth at shortstop, where Eduardo Nunez has gotten the majority of the starts this season.

As for retirement, Cashman said "I have not watched [Jeter's] last game. No one has."

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