As insurance for the perpetually sidelined Derek Jeter the Yankees executed a late-night trade for Seattle shortstop Brendan Ryan. The team shipped a player to be named later in exchange for one of the finest fielders in the game.

Hitting is not his specialty. He batted just .192 with a .520 on-base plus slugging percentage in 87 games for the Mariners. But Ryan possesses a sure glove and a slick fielding touch. He could replace the unreliable Eduardo Nunez in late innings.

The holding pattern with Jeter as Yankees manager Joe Girardi phrased it entered its third day Tuesday without a resolution in sight. Once again Jeter did not engage in pre-game drills due to his cranky left ankle. Once again team officials dismissed the suggestion he could be shut down for the season’s final three weeks.

Girardi admitted he was unsure if Jeter would play again this season. The team hopes he can. But there are no guarantees.

"It’s just hard" Girardi said. "Because we want him to feel good about going out there and not having some pain and being able to move the way we need him to move and the way he wants to move. But we just don’t feel like he’s at that point."