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Posada day-to-day; A-Rod OK

Posted by: Kevin Devaney Jr. - Posted in Misc on Aug 26, 2009 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

This is Josh with a quick recap of the postgame.

First off, sorry for the misinformation. Here’s a recap of the news:

— Jorge Posada was hit in the left ring finger in the eighth inning and left the game. He re-aggravated an injury suffered a couple weeks ago during the now infamous three wild pitch game against the Jays.

X-rays on Posada’s finger were negative and Joe Girardi said he is day-to-day. I wouldn’t expect him to play tomorrow, given that Girardi already said it was likely Jose Molina would catch A.J. Burnett with the day game following a night game.

Posada said the staff is working on something he can wear to protect the finger. Don’t expect it to solve the problem. “I don’t think it’s going to heal until the season’s over,” he said. “The joint is bruised. There’s not much I can do.”

— Alex Rodriguez fouled a pitch off his left foot during the eighth inning and left the game to start the ninth. Girardi said he made the move based solely on the score. After the manager originally said A-Rod would receive X-rays, the information was corrected. A-Rod did not receive any X-rays. He has a bruised left foot, but further tests were unnecessary.

— Andy Pettitte pitched seven innings of two-run ball. He tied Lefty Gomez with 189 wins as a Yankee. It is third all-time in club history behind Whitey Ford and Red Ruffing. All three are in the Hall of Fame.

— The Yankees retracted the fact that Pettitte’s 49 2/3-inning homerless streak was the longest of his career. However, he had not allowed a homer in six starts. He last went this many starts without allowing a homer in 2002. That streak lasted 10 starts.

— Pettitte is now 3-0 with a 2.84 ERA this August (five starts). He went 1-3 with a 5.84 ERA last August and had a terrible second half.

The difference? His health. Pettitte pitched through shoulder pain in the second half. At 37, he is pain-free and rolling, having pitched six innings or more in all but one start (the last one, vs. Boston) since the break.

“I had never had shoulder problems in my career until last year,” he explained. “I couldn’t get the ball to go where I wanted it to. The shoulder is nice (now). It’s nice not to have it hurting. Hopefully I feel good the rest of the way.”

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