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Pregame notes: Posada’s “barking” foot needs another day

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on May 18, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Twins Yankees BaseballJorge Posada is pretty sure it was Michael Cuddyer who fouled a ball that hit off Posada’s foot on Sunday night. “It hit me up top,” Posada said. “But something’s going on on the bottom.”

Posada has taken a foul ball of the top of his foot before, but he said this one feels different. The pain is gone at the point of impact, but the bottom of his foot is still bothering him. He’s never experienced anything quite like it.

“I felt it right away,” he said. “As soon as I got hit, the bottom of my foot was barking. Right off the foul tip, I felt it right on my foot already. This was weird. You feel the blow on top, then that goes away. But this, for some reason, I guess nerves or something messed up the bottom of it.”

That said, Posada said he could play tonight if he the Yankees needed him, and he hopes to be back in the lineup tomorrow. That’s a big improvement from last night when Posada was absolutely not available.

“It just feels funny walking on it,” he said. “So imagine playing on it.”

• Alfredo Aceves had a cortisone shot four days ago. The hope is that the shot will ease his lower-back pain enough that he’ll be able to play catch on Thursday. Aceves has a bulging disc, but he said he’s been moving a lot easier the past few days.

• Because of the rain, Curtis Granderson was not able to throw or go through any drills on the field, but he remains optimistic about the progress of his strained left groin. He’s been hitting and taking fly balls and said he’s so far felt no discomfort.

• Joe Girardi said he’s “hopeful” that Nick Swisher will be back in the lineup tomorrow.

• Javier Vazquez threw only four pitches last night, but Girardi wants to stay away from him because Vazquez isn’t used to pitch two nights in a row. “I wouldn’t plan on using Javy today,” Girardi said.

• With Nick Johnson out for the foreseeable future, Girardi said he plans to give Juan Miranda regular starts at designated hitter, but he also plans to continue rotating some of his regular position players into the DH role to give them half-days off.




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