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Yankees pregame/Posada update

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on May 31, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Brian Heyman here at Yankee Stadium today for Chad. The big pregame news involved Jorge Posada. He ran the bases and did sprints in the outfield for the first time and pronounced his right foot good to go. He’s eligible to come off the DL tomorrow. It remains to be seen if he will. Posada said he prefers to stay with the team and not to make a rehab assignment. Joe Girardi said, “That’s something he might not have to do.” Girardi said he would see how Posada’s foot feels tomorrow from the running. Posada thought the hairline fracture would take three weeks to heal, but he said, “It feels good.”

David Robertson’s mild lower back strain also appears to be healed. “It feels good,” he said. “They rubbed it all out.” Robertson thinks he can relieve today, but Girardi said he would “probably stay away from him.”

 OK, here’s the Cleveland lineup:

1. Trevor Crowe CF

2. Mark Grudzielanek 2B

3. Austin Kearns LF

4. Travis Hafner DH

5. Jhonny Peralta 3B

6. Shelley Duncan RF

7. Matt LaPorta 1B

8. Lou Marson C

9. Jason Donald SS

Mitch Talbot RHP

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71 Responses to “Yankees pregame/Posada update”

  1. Bret the Hitman May 31st, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    CR9,

    Do you think Ortiz is suffering the effects of no longer using drugs?

    He and Rodriguez are the same age.

  2. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Wow. Alex is averaging 1 RBI in less ABs even with Jeter and Teixeira struggling, and the number 2 spot iffy all season. Wow.

  3. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Ortiz and Alex are comparing apples and oranges. Ortiz was a nothing prior to 2003 and his drug use with the Red Sox. Alex has a been great hitter since his first day in the majors. The steroids that Alex took in 2001-2003 did not help him that greatly.

  4. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos May 31st, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Thanks heavens Girardi is conservative with injuries. I don’t think we should see Jorge or Robertson for another day or two – just to be safe. There’s 111 games left after today. Plenty o’time. :)

  5. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    That’s good news on Po and Robertson. I would give Po a couple of more days just to be sure ….

  6. what he said May 31st, 2010 at 12:24 pm

    ‘Cisco can hold down the fort for a few more days.

    In the interim: no more Moeller, please.

  7. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2010 at 12:27 pm

    I’m more curious about how Posada’s foot feels when he’s down in the crouch and on his toes. Seems that it might be then when he feels some discomfort on the bottom of his foot.

  8. Gil L May 31st, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    the sudden and dramatic spike in ortiz’s numbers has to make you wonder, doesn’t it?

  9. Chris May 31st, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    . Posada thought the hairline fracture would take three weeks to heal, but he said, “It feels good.”

    ==================

    Maybe it isn’t healed.

    Look at Ellsbury, he’s back on DL.

  10. Rich in NJ May 31st, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    Ortiz is as natural as the fallen snow.

  11. JM May 31st, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Yeah, it’s always been pretty obvious to me that Ortiz was a juicer. He was an average hitter at best with the Twins and then all of a sudden he blossomed into one of the most feared clutch and power hitters in the majors when he came to the Sox. Doubt it all had to do with batting in a stronger line-up.

    Can’t wait to see Jorge back in the line-up, but I am sure Joe will be cautious. Still, when Jorge returns the Yankees offense should really rock.

  12. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Cleveland is one of the few teams that has given Pettitte trouble throughout his career. He has a losing record and high ERA against them. Hopefully, he’s got a much weaker team to face today. Peralta and Kearns are the two that could give Pettitte trouble.

    http://www.baseball-reference......as=pitcher

  13. Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 31st, 2010 at 12:34 pm

    Glad Posada is close to coming back. His return will lengthen the line-up as well as help the pitching staff.

  14. Billy D May 31st, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    “Alex has a been great hitter since his first day in the majors. The steroids that Alex took in 2001-2003 did not help him that greatly”

    Probably more than a bit naive to believe his PED use was confined to those three years. Don’t know whether they helped in or not, and in the end it doesn’t matter, they were still illegal and against the rules. There was little credible about his story.

  15. melladie May 31st, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    “referees sign, sealed and delivered Game 5 to the Magic”

    Are you busy hiding from the black helicopters?

  16. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Bret – I think you’re bringing up a legitimate point about Alex and his lack of HRs. He is getting up there in years, and at some point you have to think about a decline in power. However, I think it is premature in this season to proclaim that the case. Heck, until yesterday, Pujols went 28 games (I think that’s what it was in the paper) without a HR, until he hit three in one game. So, it is kind of streaky. I wouldn’t be surprised if Alex has 40 at the end. But, you do bring up a legit point. We’ll see.

  17. whoever May 31st, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Fran (the original) and OPPC member May 31st, 2010 at 12:34 pm
    Glad Posada is close to coming back. His return will lengthen the line-up as well as help the pitching staff

    Agree Fran, he also brings the “attitude” which I think will help.

    Don’t know what you got til’ it’s gone!

  18. randy l. May 31st, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    i don’t think posada should just go by how his foot feels.

    it may not hurt , but may still be weakened.

    i’d have him err on the side of caution and stay out another week.

    if he breaks it again by coming back too soon, it’ll be devastating to the team.

  19. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 12:52 pm

    Randy, I completely agree. Jorge wants’ to come back, so he’s going to say whatever needs to be said to get back in the lineup, but Joe and Cash have to protect him from himself. If he’s annoyed, so be it………..

  20. mick May 31st, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    # mick May 31st, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    “there is more than enough talent in the Yankees bullpen, they have just been wildly inconsistent so far this year.”

    I don’t buy that logic. Talent is a funny word in MLB. Everyone has talent. At the highest level it’s about performance. And the performance has been very very bad.

    If you look at their losses this year, the pen has been the reason for the majority. Either blowing a lead or putting them too far back to come back.

    Marte, Robertson, and Park have been especially poor. Joba, inconsistent. For me, this remains the block from this team repeating.
    ===================================
    I know this will illicit nays but doesn’t it seem last years Yankees were hungrier? They have accomplished their goal and we all know how hard it is to repeat.

    Does anyone else feel this?

  21. mick May 31st, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    # randy l. May 31st, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    i don’t think posada should just go by how his foot feels.

    it may not hurt , but may still be weakened.

    i’d have him err on the side of caution and stay out another week.

    if he breaks it again by coming back too soon, it’ll be devastating to the team.
    =================================
    Let him DH, then sit, like they did with Grandy.

  22. Chuck58 May 31st, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Good point, Betsy. Players want to play. Protecting them for the long-haul is what good managers and GM’s should do.

    Welcome back! Didja get to visit Navy Pier or Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago?
    :mrgreen:

  23. whoever May 31st, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Girardi needs to be careful with Posada, maybe catch one game out of three to start and DH periodically.

    Posada is stubborn and will want to go full bore, Girardi needs to “manage” him until he is fully 100%.

  24. raymagnetic May 31st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    It’s possible Minnesota didn’t know what they had in Ortiz when he played there. He did slug. 500 his last year with Minnesota.

    Perhaps Ortiz’ wrist is finally completely healed now and he’s regained his power.

    I’m skeptical about how much any PED can improve you as a player. You see a lot of scrubs getting caught using PED’s so it make you wonder, makes me wonder at least.

    Are PED”s selectively making players better than they really are?

  25. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    randy – completely agree. I was thinking the end of the week, like Friday or Saturday.

  26. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    randy – completely agree. I was thinking the end of the week, like Friday or Saturday.

  27. Chuck58 May 31st, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Mick, no, I don’t feel that this year’s team is less hungry.
    Look at how the bats have begun to come back in late innings…
    no worries there. Just need some BP stability. The Juggernaut is coming,
    once our lads begin to fire on all cylinders. Can hardly wait….

  28. 'My heart beats when they win, and it stops beating when they lose.' May 31st, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    I’m sure the doctor took x-rays of his foot to make sure it was healed. If it was to break again, than it would just be a fluke thing, which can happen at any time.

    As previously stated before though, Girardi will probably DH him the first day he’s back, than sit him. Than play him the next day. I wouldn’t keep him on the DL for an extra week, I would just keep him as the DH for the week. Cervelli isn’t hurting us at all playing everyday.

  29. Anthony May 31st, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    Honestly, the best the team would be once Posada comes back would be something like this (and it also keeps Posada off his foot):

    Jeter SS
    Swisher RF
    Tex 1B
    A-Rod 3B
    Cano 2B
    Posada DH
    Granderson CF
    Cervelli C
    GGBG LF

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    Chuck, I didn’t go to the Navy Pier – I’ll do that next time. My parents went, but I chose to hang out at the beach; I love Lake Michigan (and it’s a wonderful place for a swim, lol). The Museum of Science and Industry is a PHENOMENAL museum; I ♥ it so much :)

    I don’t have the highest confidence in Girardi that he will protect Jorge like he should. By that I mean I suspect Joe will want him out there ASAP.

  31. 'My heart beats when they win, and it stops beating when they lose.' May 31st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    raymagnetic,

    You make an interesting point. The way I look at it is that you still need to be a tremendous athlete to even make contact with a ball, nonetheless get enough wood on the ball to hit it in the outfield. Nobody was ever taking the talent from any player that has ever taken any performance enhancing away from them. However, imagine if every 100th ball Gardner hit into the outfield was hit for a home run. Now imagine if he had that little extra strength hut that in half, which steroids can, and has proven to do. Now Gardner is looking a lot more like a power hitter (for arguments sake.) Now imagine a guy like ARod who is already a home run hitter, give him steroids, and he can hit 50+ in a big ballpark.

    So whether performance enhancing drugs makes someone a baseball player, absolutely not, but does it improve on those already good at it? I would think so.

    Just to avoid arguments, I’m merely trying to make a point, the figures I’m using are simply for arguments sake.

  32. GreenBeret7 May 31st, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    They might give Posada the DH games against Baltimore, but, I’d sit him except as a pinch hitter in Toronto. Don’t want him on that turf just yet.

  33. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Betsy

    With all due respect, Girardi has the utmost respect and concern for his players. Girardi will protect Jorge as he protects every one of his other players. He even once said he would not hang a relief pitcher out to dry (even if he was a Scott Atchison or Billy Traber type), because he would not hurt a player like that.

  34. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Lets go Yankees!!!

  35. whoever May 31st, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    Moeller could be the barometer. If they keep Moeller up when Posada returns, then Girardi plans on working him back in a bit slower. If Moeller goes, Posada work load will be havier right away.

    ———————————

    Happy Birthday to Clint Eastwood – turns 80 today.

    Starred in some “fun” movies; directed some “great movies”. His movies added some phrases (Go ahead, make my day etc.) to our lexicon.

    Even at 80, most probably wouldn’t want to mess with him.

  36. Mark May 31st, 2010 at 1:06 pm

    “I know this will illicit nays but doesn’t it seem last years Yankees were hungrier? They have accomplished their goal and we all know how hard it is to repeat.

    Does anyone else feel this?”

    Last year’s team had a good bullpen. Joba already has already blown 4 games by himself, including allowing teams to rally from 4 and 5 runs down in the late innings to win games. Park already has 2 blown saves and he’s pitched in like 7 games. He also allowed key insurance runs to score that ended up costing us in 2 games last week (Tampa, Mets). Marte and Robertson have been wildly inconsistent.

    Then pen has blown games we’ve had in the bag and allowed tack on runs for the other team to kill any chance of a come back.

  37. Joe May 31st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Why? Girardi doesn’t “have” to win to save his job (like a Jerry Manual for example) and our hitting has come around. He has no reason to rush Jorge.

    For example – Robertson said he is healthy and ready today, yet Joe said he is going to stay away from him today to give him an extra day.

  38. ray (sox fan) May 31st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    randy,

    I had to chuckle when I saw your reference in the earlier posting to maine yankee about meeting him in the baseball field in Farmington, Maine. As you know a reference to my backyard.

    I have to agree with you on your thinking about Posada.

    Even when a player says he feels good enough to play I think it is the job of the manager to determine if that is really the case. Posada is a gamer and he will obviously want to get back on the field as soon as possible but that might end up in a more serious and lengthy injury.

    It is sort of like when the starting pitcher begins to tire and needs to be taken out. The manager has to make that call because a player who has a lot of fight and spirit probably will never take himself out in my opinion.

  39. Trevor May 31st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    I like those white caps. :)

  40. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    That Yankees hat is awesome. That’s gonna cost me another $30+ to buy!

  41. Bronx Jeers May 31st, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    They look like a team of housepainters.

  42. MaineYankee May 31st, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    randy

    My wheels aren’t very good any more but I probably could beat it out seeing you’d need a relay man to get it to 2nd. :lol:

  43. Joba Tips his Cap May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    no game thread?

  44. Pat M. May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Those hats are cool, looks like a scene from the movie” Field Of Dreams”

  45. YankeeRay May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    Just got back from gym and on lifecycle in sweltering gargage in South Florida listening to first 45 minutes on radio with Sterling and Suzie. Wash car for another 30 minutes listening then hit pool for an hour or 2 also listening.Then back inside to watch whole game on Tivo.
    Life is good.
    Happy Memorial Day Yankee fans

  46. MaineYankee May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    ray

    How you doing?

    Based on your e-mail adress I believe we went to school together.

  47. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    CR, I know Joe cares about his players; I don’t mean to imply that he doesn’t or that he doesn’t care if Jorge gets hurt again. I worded that comment badly, I admit it. I just suspect that Joe is going to want Jorge back in the lineup ASAP and that we won’t get the extra week or so that Randy suggested and I agreed with.

  48. Joba Tips his Cap May 31st, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    that’s an ugly swing.

    Go get them!

  49. MG May 31st, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    MG May 31st, 2010 at 12:26 pm
    Arod is a career .302 batter with RISP, this year he’s at .367. He may have changed his approach a little to focus more on driving in runs than hitting the long ball or it’s just too small a sample to draw any conclusions.

    In 2009, Arod had 67 RBI’s in 151 ABs with RISP including 7 HRs and batter .265

    In 2010, Arod has 31 RBI’s in 49 ABs with RISP including 3 HRs and is batting .367

    In my mind he has really improved his clutch hitting this year. I can’t imagine anyone drawing a different conclusion from these stats.

  50. MG May 31st, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Andy is really dealing today, it’s like watching a surgeon out there.

  51. ray (sox fan) May 31st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    maine yankee,

    We went to school together?? Really? Send me an email message to raycorey@hotmail.com and let me know who you are.

    Thanks!

  52. blake May 31st, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    The “evil empire” wearing the white hats.

  53. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    Betsy

    My mistake. I didnt see the exchange between you and Randy. In that case, you and Randy are probably right; Jorge could use the extra week of rest and healing. However, if Joe brings back Jorge in a few days, Joe will definitely be cautious with him (a couple games at DH, etc.).

  54. Nick in SF May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Blog polarization on the white caps.

    Not good.

  55. TMZ May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Why does Jeter waste at bats like that? Very frustrating.

  56. CB May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    When you look at that cut fastball that Andy struck Crowe out on – that’s the type of cut fastball Phil Hughes would really benefit from.

    Hughes cutter is more of a late moving pitch that gets the ball off the sweet spot of the bat. He does miss some bats with it but Hughes cutter right now has limited depth to it – he doesn’t have the kind of heavy biting cutter that Andy has or Lester has.

    If Hughes wants to throw his cutter as often as he likes to, he’ll need to add a cutter that has the depth to it like Andy’s does. What’s nice about the cut fastball is that perhaps more than any other pitch it can really function like more than one pitch. It can function to be a pitch that gets quick outs through late movement, can tie hitters up inside, dive out of the zone, etc.

    That’s the next challenge for Hughes if he wants his cut fastball to be his #2 pitch.

  57. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    atta boy Curtis

  58. MaineYankee May 31st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    ray

    Message sent.

  59. blake May 31st, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    Laser from curtis.

  60. Carl May 31st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    Mitch is a righty bro!

  61. CR9 May 31st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    :arrow:

  62. MG May 31st, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    TMZ May 31st, 2010 at 1:17 pm
    Why does Jeter waste at bats like that? Very frustrating.
    ——————————————————–
    Because his LIFETIME Batting Average when putting the 1st pitch into play is .387, what more could you possibly want?

  63. Thank You for Serving May 31st, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    A Veteran is someone, who at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the United States of America for an amount up to, and including, their life.

    That is an honor,and there are way too many people in this country who no longer remember that fact.

    We should always remember; especially today.

  64. 1421: The Year China Discovered America May 31st, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Teixeira, what a loser.

  65. 57' Yank May 31st, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    A-Rod continues his RISP hitting

  66. 1421: The Year China Discovered America May 31st, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    yayyy Arod

  67. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) May 31st, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    CB, that’s interesting. His cutter has improved from last year, so maybe we can expect it to improve next year or even later in the year? One thing I’ve been mistaken on in my projections for Phil is that I’ve been (recently, anyway) assuming that he’s just going to stay the way he is, with no development in his pitches. Of course that’s just plain silly. I don’t know how often Phil talks to Andy about pitching (I know he talks to AJ), but I hope he does take advantage of this opportunity.

    I still prefer his curve to be his #2 pitch. He clearly has a very good one when it’s on, so he needs to throw it more.

  68. Long time fan May 31st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    # 1421: The Year China Discovered America May 31st, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Teixeira, what a loser.

    ———————————————————————————————————–

    And you’re a MORON !!!

  69. 57' Yank May 31st, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    For today : Remembrance is such a small price to pay for all the freedom we have !

  70. 1421: The Year China Discovered America May 31st, 2010 at 1:29 pm

    Wow. The lead evaporated pretty quickly, no? Nice job Andy.

  71. Joe from Long Island May 31st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    I don’t blame the umpires for missing calls where you need three angles of slo-mo replay to see it…but that one was blown.

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