Yankees place Jeter on 15-day disabled list
The New York Yankees have placed shortstop Derek Jeter on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to July 12, due to the Grade 1 strain in his right quad.
The team made the move official Friday morning, hours before the team begins the second half of the season against the Red Sox in Boston.
To replace Jeter on the 25-man roster, the Yankees purchased the contract of Brent Lillibridge from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre; they also had to open a 40-man roster spot for Lillibridge and did so by unconditionally releasing outfielder Brennan Boesch, who has been on the disabled list at Triple-A since early June because of a shoulder injury.
The move is just the latest addition to a long list of disabled list stints for the Yankees, who saw Jeter return on July 11 after missing the first 91 games of the season while rehabbing a twice-broken ankle. Serving as the designated hitter that day at Yankee Stadium, The Captain singled in his first at-bat off Kansas City's Ervin Santana, but finished 1-for-4 and was pinch-hit for in the eighth inning after feeling tightness in his quad.
An MRI later confirmed the strain, and while Jeter hoped he would be able to go by the time the All-Star break ended, manager Joe Girardi and general manager Brian Cashman were more cautiously optimistic, with Cashman saying he wouldn't rule out the possibility of a trip to the DL.
"We can't rule out an eventual trip to the disabled list, although that's certainly something we're hoping to avoid," Cashman said on July 12 in revealing Jeter's diagnosis, later adding that "I have faith he'll persevere and overcome."
However, with Jeter apparently unable to go, that DL trip has now become a reality. "It's frustrating; I don't know what else you want me to say," Jeter said in a statement released by the team on July 12. "I worked hard to get to the point of rejoining the team. It's not how you draw it up, but hopefully I'll be back out there soon and help this team win some games."
With the stint backdated, Jeter will be eligible to return as early as July 27, the middle game of a three-game set against Tampa Bay that marks the Yankees' only home series over the next three weeks.
His roster replacement, Lillibridge, was acquired from the Cubs organization on June 21 and has hit .341 with seven homers and 15 RBI in 23 games with the RailRiders; overall this season, he has a .302-12-28 line in 71 Triple-A games with Scranton and the Iowa Cubs, and he was also 1-for-24 in a nine-game stint with the Chicago Cubs earlier this year.