Derek Jeter's Season is Over. Is His Career?

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The New York Yankees needed to save Derek Jeter from himself and they did that on Wednesday when they placed him on the 15-day disabled list as he continues to deal with a surgically repaired ankle. Jeter, 39-years old, played in just 17 games this year as he was never able to completely heal that ankle. The Yankees will try to sneak into the playoffs with Brendan Ryan and Eduardo Nunez at shortstop. Fantasy owners should not even consider Ryan, but Nunez can provide some offensive production. Nunez will likely take a backseat to Ryan's defensive ability in the final 14 games. The bottom line is that even in AL-only leagues, the Yankees shortstop situation should be avoided at all cost. The question now becomes is Jeter done for 2013 or his career? There is no doubt that Jeter will do everything is his ability to be ready for spring training in March, but his ankle will dictate whether or not his Hall-of-Fame career is over. 

 NEWS & NOTES

  • Yadier Molina was absent Wednesday because his mother needed surgery at a St. Louis hospital. Tony Cruz filled in for Molina last night in the Cardinals victory over the Brewers. Since Molina did not have to leave St. Louis, it is very possible that he will be back in the lineup today.
  • Yoenis Cespedes went 2-for-3 with three RBI against the Twins on Wednesday. Cespedes has at least one RBI in five straight games, and he's now hit in nine of 10 games in September. After a really disappointing season, it's good to see Cespedes finish strong.
  • Matt Kemp (ankle/hamstring) ran on a treadmill Wednesday. Dodgers manager Don Mattingly is encouraged by reports he is receiving from the team's medical staff that Kemp will be able to play in the 10-12 games of the regular season, so he has enough time to prepare for the postseason.
  • Joe Mauer was sent home after his concussion symptoms returned after a workout Wednesday. Mauer suffered a concussion over three weeks ago, and it's not a good sign that he's still not feeling good. Fantasy owners should not look for Mauer to return this season as the Twins are mainly concerned about his long-term health.
  • Jose Fernandez finished off his rookie campaign on Wednesday as he gave up one earned run on five hits in seven strong innings and he also hit his first career home run off of Braves lefty Mike Minor. Fernandez was dominant for the majority of the year and it will be interesting to see how he does next year in his first full season.
  • Bud Norris (elbow) was scratched from Friday's start against the Blue Jays due to right elbow soreness. Norris is 4-2 with a 4.12 ERA in nine games (eight starts) with the Orioles since being acquired from Houston on July 31st.
  • Bryce Harper (hip)returned to the Nationals' starting lineup on Wednesday. He went 1-for-4 with two strikeouts.
  • Johnny Cueto (back) threw a 60-pitch live batting practice session on Wednesday morning. The Reds are deciding whether to use Cueto as a reliever or a starter. After Tony Cingrani got injured on Wednesday the decision could have been made for them.