Derek Jeter's disappointing 2013 campaign is officially over, as Brian Cashman and the New York Yankees have announced Jeter's placement on the 15 day disabled list, a move which Cashman said will "effectively end his season."
The 39 year old shortstop has had a tumultuous year, which began last October, when he broke his left ankle during the first game of the 2012 ALCS. Jeter had surgery to repair the injury on October 20th, and was expected to be ready by the beginning of the 2013 season. However, Jeter suffered a setback during rehabilitation, and didn't make his season debut until July 11th. After playing in just one game, the Yankees placed Jeter back on the DL, citing a strained quadricep as the reason.
The Yankees activated Jeter on July 28th, and he promptly hit a home run on the first pitch he saw from Rays' lefty Matt Moore. Jeter played in just 4 games before re-injuring himself, this time with a grade 1 calf strain. Jeter was placed on the DL on August 5th, and returned 21 days later, on August 26th, for a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Jeter began to feel ankle soreness during last Saturday's game against the Boston Red Sox, and left the game after just 6 innings. A CT scan yielded negative results, however, on the advice of a second opinion, the Yankees decided to shut him down for the remainder of the season.
Overall, Jeter played in just 17 games for the Yankees this season, hitting just .190 in 63 at-bats. Entering the season, Jeter had averaged 151 games played per season for his career. Aside from his debut season in 1995, this year has been the only season in which Jeter has failed to play in at least 119 games.
It was also announced by the club that Jeter would not be playing in this year's postseason were the Yankees to earn a playoff berth.
The Yankees currently sit 2 games behind the Tampa Bay Rays for the AL's second Wild Card spot. With Wednesday's acquisition of defensive whiz Brendan Ryan from the Seattle Mariners, the Yankees appear poised to make run at a postseason appearance over the season's final few weeks. Unfortunately, the club will have to do it without their longtime captain for the first time in over a decade.