After multiple failed comebacks during the 2013 season, Jeter is heading back to the disabled list for the fourth time this season, this time due to soreness in his surgically-repaired left ankle. Brian Cashman announced prior to Wednesday’s game that the move will “effectively end his season.”
Jeter was removed from Saturday’s game due to soreness in his surgically-repaired ankle. He then underwent a CT scan on his ankle, and though Yankees team physician Chris Ahmad said results were negative, the tests were sent to Jeter’s surgeon, Dr. Robert Anderson, for a second opinion. Anderson ruled that even sitting another week would not fix the soreness in Jeter’s ankle.
Limited to just 17 games due to injuries this season, Jeter hit just .190 and hit only one home run in 73 plate appearances. The veteran also showed severely limited range in his 13 games at shortstop this season.
In a likely related move, the Yankees acquired shortstop Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners for a player to be named later. Ryan hit just .192 in 87 games for the Mariners this season, but is a superior fielder. He and Eduardo Nunez will likely handle the shortstop’s duties for the remainder of the season.
Jeter has an $8 million player option for the 2014 season that he seems likely to exercise.