BALTIMORE — Giving up on a season is not something Derek Jeter has ever wanted to contemplate, but with his surgically repaired left ankle refusing to cooperate, Jeter and the New York Yankees finally conceded the inevitable.
Jeter, the 39-year-old shortstop and team captain, was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday, but he will not play even if the Yankees make the playoffs. His season, general manager Brian Cashman said, is over, and Jeter agreed.
“The entire year has pretty much been a nightmare physically,” Jeter said. “So I guess it’s fitting that it ends like this, huh?”
It took four setbacks after his original injury — a broken ankle suffered in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series on Oct. 13 — and four trips to the disabled list before reality overcame Jeter’s will to play.
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Cashman said he decided to end Jeter’s season Wednesday afternoon after consulting with Hal Steinbrenner, the Yankees’ managing general partner, and Dr. Robert Anderson, the surgeon who operated on Jeter’s ankle in October.
No new injury was discovered, Cashman said, but the surrounding muscle tissue, ligaments and tendons were still adjusting to the trauma of two fractures and an operation.
In 17 games, Jeter was batting .190 with a home run and a double.
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