Jeter shut down for season after aggravating surgically repaired ankle
Jeter aggravated his surgically repaired left ankle in Saturday's game and was held out Sunday. Following a clean CT scan on the ankle, however, both manager Joe Girardi and GM Brian Cashman insisted that they were not considering shutting Jeter down for the season.
On the same day that Cashman claimed "we don't think that... it's nothing like that" when asked about the possibility of ending Jeter's season, the Yankees ended up placing Jeter on the 15-day disabled list. According to Yankees writer Bryan Hoch, Jeter is done for the season.
Defensive specialist Brendan Ryan will get the majority of starts at shortstop down the stretch, but was traded for on Tuesday and is not eligible for the Yankees' playoff roster. He is batting just .192 on the season.
Jeter ends the worst season of his career having played just 17 games. He posted a disappointing .190/.288/.254 line across 73 plate appearances. He hit one home run while scoring eight runs and knocking in seven. It's the first season that the 39-year-old did not make the All-Star team since 2005.
With an $8 million player option for the 2014 season, I would expect Jeter to spend the offseason getting healthy and ready to make a triumphant comeback next year. The Yankees would save only $5 million by terminating Jeter's contract, so I would expect them to welcome him back on his current deal next year unless he truly can not play baseball.