The New York Yankees placed Derek Jeter on the 15-day DL shortly before 6 p.m. today and, as fate would have it, the Yankees captain could possibly get his historic 3,000th hit against cross-town rivals, the New York Mets, in Citi Field. Ticket prices just went through the roof for that series.
Jeter tried to convince Yankees GM Brian Cashman to give him a few days off, but Cashman wouldn't budge and announced that his star would be sitting for 15 days.
Cashman knew it wasn't going to be easy getting Jeter to be a spectator for 15 days but, with all the injuries and light hitting on the Yankees, he knew he couldn't take a chance on Jeter compounding the injury just for history's sake and he took the safe route.
A seven day rest period would have meant Jeter could have resumed playing on the June 24 home stand against the Colorado Rockies and Milwaukee Brewers and possibly collecting # 3,000 in front of the home fans.
Jeter last sat out on May 5.
Cashman probably remembers how Alex Rodriguez had the same "low-grade" strain last year and sat out three games before aggravating the injury necessitating A-Rod going on the 15-day DL.
The 36 year-old Jeter will miss a six-game road trip to Wrigley Field and Cincinnati before returning during the last two games of a home-stand series against the Brewers and finally heading to Flushing and the Mets on July 1-3.
For now, the 3,000th hit will have to wait.
Jeter said being put on the DL was "a little bit frustrating." It is the fifth time Jeter has been on the DL in 15 1/2 seasons and the first time since 2003.
The Mets organization must be thrilled with the Yankees misfortune. It means they will possibly fill up CitiField for three games. Sellouts in Flushing are pretty rare.
For the Yankees fans, at least Jeter still might get his monumental hit in New York.