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Derek Jeter goes on DL to make room for Alex Rodriguez

Aug 5, 2013, 5:58 PM EDT

Derek Jeter Reuters

Maybe the Yankees were thinking of waiting a couple of more days to see how Derek Jeter‘s injured calf would respond, but that would have required cutting an infielder to make room for the returning Alex Rodriguez on Monday. Instead, they chose the prudent course and placed Jeter on the disabled list for the third time this season.

Jeter, who suffered a fractured ankle in the postseason last year, first strained his right calf in his 2013 debut on July 11. He rejoined the Yankees lineup on July 28, but he lasted just four more games before going down again. He’s gone 5-for-19 with a homer and two walks in his five appearances for the Yankees this season.

Eduardo Nunez and Jayson Nix will play shortstop while Jeter rests for the next couple of weeks.

Update: The Yankees have also designated Brent Lillibridge for assignment, clearing a 40-man roster spot for Rodriguez, and recalled infielder David Adams.

  1. Caught Looking - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:01 PM

    What a saga. You can’t write a script like this for fear it’s too ridiculous.

  2. jayscarpa - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    They DFA’d Lillibridge for Arod; Brought up Adams for Jeter

  3. cubanxsenators - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Finally Alex can play shortstop in New York!

  4. tbutler704 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    LOL interesting picture of the Yankee captain….

    • nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:41 PM

      That’s just before his head exploded when they told him he was being DL’d so A-Rod could play.

  5. sdelmonte - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Ah irony.

  6. Stiller43 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:32 PM

    People can hate on craig and HBT altogether sometimes, and rightfully so…but theres no doubt they use the best pictures ever.

  7. nbjays - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:42 PM

    There is no font big enough to post the DOOM! that this story represents. :-)

  8. thebigtim2012 - Aug 5, 2013 at 6:49 PM

    That’s his pre gift basket face

  9. goodguyattorney - Aug 5, 2013 at 7:26 PM

    I’m no Yankees fan, and I know Jeter has his haters, but there is no substitute for the irony here. The Yanks are trading their captain for their classless.

    • eatitfanboy - Aug 5, 2013 at 10:04 PM

      I guess it would be ironic if it were true and not a phony headline made up for page views. Lillibridge was DFA to make room for Arod. Arod couldn’t take Jeter’s spot, he had to take a spot on the 40 man. Adams is taking Jeter’s spot and will go back down when Jeter is healthy.

  10. mtr75 - Aug 6, 2013 at 4:10 PM

    I said it before this season that Jeter’s career is over. I can’t say I’m happy that I was correct.

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