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Next year? Cashman is certain of it.

“I have not thought I have watched his last game,” Cashman said. “Not one time.”

New York’s career leader with 3,316 hits, Jeter made his season debut on July 11 but hurt himself in that game and returned to the disabled list on July 19 (retroactive to July 12) with a right quad strain. After being activated on July 28, he was placed on the DL on Aug. 5 with a strained right calf.

“It seemed like when he came back, he was fine and then he would play a couple of games and something would happen,” Girardi said. “It seemed to be the repeated days seemed to get to him a little bit. That was frustrating for him. That was frustrating for all of us because we wanted him out there. I think that’s why we decided to shut him down.”

Jeter was a regular in the lineup after his return on Aug. 26 before again running into problems with the ankle. Now he’s done for good.

“I think it’s just a matter of me not having any strength,” Jeter said. “I have not been able to work out my legs or lift my legs since October of last year. I really think it’s from lack of strength. When I came back, I had two other leg issues because of weakness there. I’ll have a whole offseason to get back to being able to work out. “

Brendan Ryan, obtained in a trade with Seattle on Tuesday, was in the starting lineup at shortstop against the Orioles on Wednesday night.

“I don’t think it’s the most enviable position to step in after a legend,” Ryan said. “He’s not going anywhere. I don’t want it to sound like that. I don’t even know what his status is really. If I play today, and not anymore after that, whatever it is I can do to help.”