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Pregame notes: Posada available “in a pinch”

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Apr 29, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

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If the Yankees absolutely needed him, Jorge Posada could catch tonight.

“No question there’s improvement since last night,” Posada said. “Still some swelling we need to get out, but if need be, in a pinch, I can play tonight.”

Joe Girardi said he spoke to Posada this morning, and when Posada told him he could be the team’s emergency catcher, there was no longer an consideration of making a move. Posada won’t pinch hit tonight, but he could play if something were to happen to Francisco Cervelli.

“He’s just black and blue,” Girardi said. “Fortunately, it didn’t hit him on the bone.”

Girardi said he’s not sure how when Posada might return to the lineup, but it doesn’t sound like the sort of thing that will take more than a couple of days. Posada had his knee wrapped and went through some treatment this afternoon.

“I would think (hitting) would probably be easier (than catching),” Girardi said. “Running is probably not going to feel great, but that was never one of his strong suits.”

• The Yankees are excited to finally get back to New York tomorrow. This is their 21st game of the season, and they’ve played only six in the Bronx. “I’m not sure we ever went home,” Girardi said.

• The decision to sit Nick Johnson had more to do with lefty Brian Matusz being on the mound than with Johnson’s struggles. “He is a tough lefty and Marcus (Thames) has swung the bat extremely well against lefties,” Girardi said. Johnson’s back is fine and he’s available to pinch hit.

• Curtis Granderson broke out of an 0-for-17 slump yesterday. Now it’s Alex Rodriguez who’s stuck in an 0-for-16 slide. “Bad luck,” Girardi said. “He’s hit the ball hard. What are you going to do?”

• Girardi on Robinson Cano leading the league in hitting: “If he doesn’t chase pitches, he’s going to hit really, really high.”

• Speaking of Cano, he now has 15 career home runs against the Orioles. That’s tied for the most he’s hit against any team. he also has 15 against the Red Sox.

UPDATE, 6:12 p.m.: The Orioles lineup

Adam Jones CF
Nick Markakis RF
Matt Wieters C
Miguel Tejeda 3B
Luke Scott DH
Ty Wigginton 2B
Rhyne Hughes 1B
Nolan Reimold LF
Cesar Izturis SS

LHP Brian Matusz

Associated Press photo

 
 

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23 Responses to “Pregame notes: Posada available “in a pinch””

  1. champ809 April 29th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    champ809 April 29th, 2010 at 6:10 pm
    what guys are missing in the Ryan Howard vs. Every other 1B in the league argument is that since the day Howard debuted in the pros he’s hit more homers and driven in more runs than anybody in baseball regardless of position.

    He’s clearly not the greatest glove and he k’s alot but he’s the undisputed HR/RBI king of the sport and has either won or finished top 5 in the NL MVP every year.

  2. Erin April 29th, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    • The Yankees are excited to finally get back to New York tomorrow. This is their 21st game of the season, and they’ve played only six in the Bronx. “I’m not sure we ever went home,” Girardi said

    ***********************
    LOL

    Very glad that Posada’s feeling better.

  3. m April 29th, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Girardi did it with his comment about Jorge’s running.

    But I don’t think I’ll post it since it’s not PC.

  4. m April 29th, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    And to be clear, it’s not a diss at Jorge!

    I just challenged people to me laugh and Girardi was the one who did it.

    Just win, baby. Go home on a good note.

  5. AndrewYF April 29th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    Awhile ago on this blog, SJ44 said that once Cano started hitting again and proved his value, the Yankees should trade him right away, because he’s too unreliable of a player.

    Well, he’s been hitting since last April, and his value is through the roof. I wonder, does he still feel that way?

  6. Coach6423 April 29th, 2010 at 6:21 pm

    He is also 30 champ….

  7. Coach6423 April 29th, 2010 at 6:22 pm

    He has a bigger body that is not going to age well see Ortiz, David and also Vaughn, Mo…

  8. JMK aka The Overshare April 29th, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    Posada is an MVP candidate this yr. Book it

  9. m April 29th, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    What about Cano as an MVP candidate?

    With the exception of Alex, Yankee players seem to get dinged for being on a team of “All-stars.”

  10. Benny Blanco April 29th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Cano will be the starting second baseman for the all star game!

  11. Nyyankfanken April 29th, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Is it bad that I like cervelli catching over posada? I’m just a much bigger cisco fan.

  12. Jim April 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    The more Cervelli plays, the lower his average will dip.

    Don’t be surprised if he goes 0-4 tonight and if he plays on Friday, goes 0-4 then as well. The guy is supposed to play once, maybe twice aa week tops. Play him 3 games in a row and his offense will slip….

  13. CB April 29th, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    “what guys are missing in the Ryan Howard vs. Every other 1B in the league argument is that since the day Howard debuted in the pros he’s hit more homers and driven in more runs than anybody in baseball regardless of position.”

    This would be exceedingly difficult to miss because it’s repeated lockstep almost every time Howard’s name is mentioned.

    He’s a player who does something very well and also has major deficits in this game. At the top is his inability to hit LH pitching, which the Yankees really highlighted and exposed in the world series.

    And the criteria for being an elite 1b is extremely high. Personally, I don’t think Howard is even one of the 5 best 1b in the game.

    No one is saying he’s a bad ball player but he’s now being paid as the second highest paid ball player in the game.

    He’s not even the best player on his team.

  14. RMS April 29th, 2010 at 6:47 pm

    “The more Cervelli plays, the lower his average will dip.”

    Cervelli is here for his glove. Any hits he gets is a bonus.

  15. Yanks 172 April 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Top 11 pitchers AAV

    1. C.C. Sabathia, $23,000,000 (2009-15)
    2. Johan Santana, $22,916,667 (2008-13)
    3. Roy Halladay, $20,000,000 (2011-13)
    4. Carlos Zambrano, $18,300,000 (2008-12)
    5. Barry Zito, $18,000,000 (2007-13)
    6. Jake Peavy, $17,333,333 (2010-12)
    7. A.J. Burnett, $16,500,000 (2009-13)
    7. John Lackey, $16,500,000 (2010-14)
    8. Justin Verlander, $16,000,000 (2010-14)
    9. Jason Schmidt, $15,666,667 (2007-09)
    10. Felix Hernandez, $15,600,000 (2010-14)
    11. Derek Lowe, $15,000,000 (2009-12)

  16. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    There is no reason to wake up a team by throwing at them. If somebody gets nailed by a Baltimore pitcher, then, you retaliate, but, regardless of the name, you don’t hit a player who’s not hitting. Markakis isn’t hitting for any damage and he can steal a base. Pick out the hottest hitter and hit him or move his feet….FAST. I’m guessing that the designated hitee is Tejada, Izturis or Wigginton. If it gets done, it will be with a decent lead and Burnett’s last hitter.

  17. Psyluk April 29th, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Ruben Amaro is an idiot. Howard wasn’t even coming off the books until next year anyway. If you check the peripherals, Howard is grounding out more than he ever has because pitchers have thrown him fastballs less than 45% of the time. After seeing what the Yankees did to him, everyone will forcefeed him offspeed stuff until he shows that he can hit it and hit it for power. Can a high strikeout guy like Howard adapt his approach to do that? At the age of 31 and known more for his power than his bat control, I wouldn’t bet on it.

  18. Warning Track Power April 29th, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Tonight I will be watching the game via MLB Network. HD!!!

    A.J. needs to pound the strikezone. Use his breaking ball in fastball counts and get the o’s hitters off-balance.
    Mo in the 9th and the Yankees will win!!!

  19. Tom in N.J. April 29th, 2010 at 6:53 pm

    Howard’s platoon splits don’t scream 25 million dollar man to me..

  20. CB April 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    “Cervelli is here for his glove. Any hits he gets is a bonus.”

    No. He’s here to help the team win.

    And like any player that is a combination of his offense and defense. The context of the roster and his role in it matters but for any player his overall impact on the team winning involves both sides of the ledger.

  21. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 6:54 pm

    I was surprised to see that Elias had Ryan Howard listed as the #26 player for hit grouping of Type A players and just 2 players from being a Type B.

  22. GreenBeret7 April 29th, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    #26 player for ***his*** grouping

  23. Warning Track Power April 29th, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    The phils are going to regret the contract in about 2 yrs.
    I’m sorry, as good as he is, he is not worth $25 million.


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