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Game 99: Twins at Yankees; Posada to DL

Posted by: Peter Abraham - Posted in Misc on Jul 21, 2008 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

YANKEES (53-45)
Damon DH
Jeter SS
Abreu RF
Rodriguez 3B
Giambi 1B
Cano 2B
Cabrera CF
Molina C
Gardner LF
Ponson RHP

Sidney Ponson (5-1, 3.96) vs. the Minnesota lineup.

Nick Blackburn (7-5, 3.65) vs. the New York hitters.

Notes: Thanks to Brian Heyman for calling in the lineup. … Johnny Damon talked his way back onto the roster. But the bigger news could be that Jorge Posada is headed back to the DL. His name is not on the lineup card that was posted just now. More to come on that.

The Yankees have won 8 of their last 11 and seven straight at home. … Don’t sleep on the Twins, who are 55-43 and a half-game out in the Central. … Cano is 8 of 14 since the break. … Of Jason Giambi’s 20 HR, 12 have tied the game or put the Yankees ahead. … Sir Sidney has faced the Twins twice already this season, allowing two runs over 14.1 innings. He threw a complete game six-hitter in a 10-1 Texas win on May 21. … Blackburn started against the Yankees on June 1 and allowed one run over 4.1 innings.

PROBLEM? WHAT PROBLEM? As you may have noticed, third base coach Bobby Meacham gets more guys thrown out than a doorman at a frat party.

So I asked Joe Girardi yesterday if he was concerned.

His answer: “No. A lot of times it’s with two outs. Those are the times you’re going to take the chances. That’s not a concern. Those are situations you take a chance.”

Girardi also said that when the runners have been getting thrown out, it was because balls were hit hard. Well, sure. But isn’t that when you should hold somebody?

BUY APPLE STOCK: So I went to the Apple Store today to try and buy one of the new 3G iPhones. There was an hour-long line to wait to get into the store and then it would take another 45 minutes once you got in. I had time, but not that kind of time.

So I’ll try again later this week. It does seem that the iPhone would best enable me to blog from the field, moving cars, etc. My Razr has served me well but it’s time to catch up technologically. I also like the idea of being able to carry one device instead of a phone and an iPod.

Back later with some updates.

* * * * * * * UPDATE ON JORGE POSADA, 4:24 p.m. * * * * * * *

Bad news for Posada. He will see Dr. David Altchek tomorrow and may soon have season-ending surgery to repair the torn labrum in his shoulder. The surgery is such that he may need to get it now to make sure he will be ready for next season.

Posada admitted that he can’t throw and that it has been bothering him all season. Joe Girardi has been saying for weeks now that Posada was improving and he could get through the season but that was obviously wishful thinking.

Hideki Matsui, meanwhile, is putting off his knee surgery and will try and rehab one more time. But given what has happened so far, don’t expect to see him any time soon, if at all.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m.: Jose Molina, as we all know, is a fine defensive catcher. But having to use him five days a week could be an issue. A backup all his career, Molina could get worn down. He also will be a drag offensively. The Yankees also will have to use Chad Moeller more often.

UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: The loss of Posada could force Brian Cashman’s hand in terms of a trade. Losing a switch-hitting, middle of the order hitter is a big blow. The dynamic really changes with this news. I don’t see the Yankees trading for a catcher because decent catchers simply aren’t available unless you want to pry one away from Texas.

UPDATE, 4:46 p.m.: Remember all those times Joe Girardi said how Posada was improving? Here’s what Posada himself had to say today: “The shoulder is messed up. I have no power when I go to make a throw and there’s pain every time I make a throw. It has been like that all season.”

Sources I have been in touch with say there is a labrum tear and a rotator cuff tear in the shoulder. Posada will have an MRI tomorrow and could have surgery soon. It seems likely that he would need surgery now to have any hope of being ready to start the 2009 season.

Meanwhile, Girardi said Posada could rehab and come back as a DH or first baseman this season. But that doesn’t seem very likely.

UPDATE, 5:46 p.m.: Brian Bruney is scheduled to throw for Scranton on Tuesday and Wednesday. Going back-to-back is usually the final test for an injured reliever. We could see him back in the majors this weekend if all goes well.

Phantom Phil Hughes is another bullpen and two BP sessions away from getting into a minor league game.

Let’s see … Carl Pavano? Not asking that question. Otherwise you’re all caught up on injured guys.




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