No surprise here. Derek Jeter is eligible to come off the disabled list on Tuesday, but he will not. Jeter has been on the DL since Alex Rodriguez made his return while appealing his 211 game suspension. Jeter is battling a calf strain, and the recovery process has been slow. Jeter is working his way back, but he has some major steps to take before he is there.
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Jeter has yet to run the bases, so manager Joe Girardi thinks Jeter will need to play in some simulated games then go on a minor league rehab assignment. That means, at best Jeter would return by the weekend, but next week is more likely. He will play in a simulated game today, so he will really get a chance to test the calf.
Jeter is on the DL for the third time this season. He has played in just five games this season. The fewest games he's played in his career prior to this year has been 15 in his rookie season. The season has been almost completely lost for the aging captain. He is in the final year of his contract and approaching retirement quickly.
Jeter should have time to come back and get some meaningful time in before the season ends, but he likely won't have much of a chance to impact the Yankees' postseason chances. He would have to playing and contributing right now for that to happen. New York is 64-59. They are 7 1/2 games out of first place right now.
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