Was it just me or was Derek Jeter's return to the lineup last night not even a blip on the radar? Other than typing his last name into the batting order, I didn't even think about him in terms of having an impact on the game. Jeter made it easy to not be considered, going 0-3 at the plate with a walk, strikeout, and GIDP and not doing anything noteworthy defensively for better or worse. The best thing you could say about last night is at least Jeter came through the game healthy. That's how low the bar has been set for him.
After 3 attempted comebacks, the novelty of Jeter returning has worn off. This entire season has been a wasted one for him - he's played more MiL rehab games than Major League games - and the bigger concern now is how this lost season and the nonstop leg issues will affect him in 2014. Expecting Jeter to provide a boost to the team is almost empty hope at this point and that was more apparent last night than in any of his other previous comeback attempts. If he can manage to finish the season on the field and not the DL, that's about the best we can hope for.
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