Derek Jeter is going on the DL. His season is over.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
Brian Cashman announced during a press conference today that Yankees SS Derek Jeter has been placed back on the DL. This move will end his 2013 season.
Cashman: "This was a much more difficult rehabilitation situation than we ever expected."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
"This is what's best for Derek. ... Something's going to give at some point the more we run him out there." - Cashman— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
Cashman said Jeter is going on the DL to protect himself and also the Yankees from being tempted to use him.— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
Shutting Jeter down for the remainder of the year is the right thing to do for both the Yankees and Derek Jeter. This will give the captain the rest of this season and the off-season to fully heal. For those thinking that Jeter might retire this year, Cashman has already stated that he expects to see Derek Jeter in pinstripes next year.
Cashman on Jeter: "I have not watched his last game. No one has."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
With Jeter's nightmare season finished and Eduardo Nunez a defensive nightmare at SS, this pretty much explains why the Yankees traded for SS Brendan Ryan last night. Whether or not they got him because they knew Jeter was done for the year or not remains to be seen. The downside is that Brendan Ryan is not eligible to make the postseason roster, as he was traded for after August 31st. This mean that if the Yankees do manage to make it into the postseason, Nunez or someone else within the system will be playing SS.
Jeter agreed with decision: "I'm not surprised. If you can't play the way you're capable of playing, then you're not really helping out."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
Jeter expects to play in 2014: "You don't start thinking about the end just because you have an injury."— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) September 11, 2013
Jeter fully expects to be playing next year. For now though, he will continue to cheer his teammates on. Our best wishes to Derek Jeter for a strong recovery for next year.
More on this story as it develops.