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Pregame notes: Posada limited to DH

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Jorge Posada has been cleared to play, but he has not been cleared to catch during drills, much less in a game. For now he’s limited to designated hitter, and this afternoon Posada acknowledged that his career might start trending that direction. He plans to catch again, but he expects to start seeing more and more time at DH, less and less time behind the plate.

“I know that I can catch and I know that I can be out there,” he said. “But a lot of circumstances have come. I’m going to have to be smart about it. If I’m in the lineup, I’m happy. I would like to catch here and there sometimes, but I understand what the future holds.”

Posada said he knew when he signed his most recent contract that he might see more time at DH by the end of it. He still considers himself a catcher — “I’m not a DH yet,” he said — but after a remarkably healthy first 13 years in the big leagues, he’s now gone on the DL four times since 2008.

“Knowing that the American League has a DH, yeah, it was on my mind,” Posada said. “When you’re talking about guys that catch every day, you don’t see too many 38-year-olds catching every day. I understand what’s going on.”

Joe Girardi said he still needs the green light from the Yankees medical staff before he can put Posada behind the plate for drills. Posada said he could catch if necessary, but it’s clear Girardi wants to wait. He wouldn’t speculate on when Posada will begin catching again, or how often he’ll catch once he’s 100 percent.

“Our plans were for him to be our everyday catcher,” Girardi said. “Obviously we’ve gone through some bumps in the road. This is the question that I’m going to be asked 13 different ways today. We’ll play it by ear every day. We want Jorge to catch.”

Here’s Posada. Give it a listen. Pretty interesting stuff.

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Orioles Yankees Baseball• Mark Teixeira tested his sore foot this afternoon and felt good enough to play. “Just walking around on it and kind of standing on one foot, doing some push offs, stuff like that,” he said. “It was sore but not to the point where I couldn’t do it.”

• Good line from Francisco Cervelli about Posada’s return. “I love to catch,” Cervelli said. “And I love to see him catch too.”

• No official guesses about when Posada might be ready to catch, but he did say this: “Two or three weeks from now, I’m probably going to be 100 percent.”

• With Posada back in the lineup, the Yankees are free to keep Nick Swisher in the No. 2 spot, but Girardi didn’t commit to that batting order. “Swisher is a guy that can hit everywhere for you, but he’s also been a very effective on base guy,” he said. “And you know what? Grandy has done a good job in the No. 2 hole since he’s come back. We’ll look at a couple of different things but right now we have Swisher there.”

• Girardi said Alfredo Aceves is at least another couple of weeks away. “He’s just slowly going through his rehab,” Girardi said. “He’s doing some stretching and some exercises, but as far as throwing a baseball, I don’t have a timetable for you yet.”

• Orioles lineup:

Corey Patterson LF
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Matt Wieters C
Adam Jones CF
Scott Moore 2B
Cesar Izturis SS

RHP Brad Bergesen

Associated Press photos of Posada and Teixeira.

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87 Responses to “Pregame notes: Posada limited to DH”

  1. SJ44 June 2nd, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Miranda sent down to get Jorge back on the roster.

  2. Rick June 2nd, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Sweeny Murti
    Yanks optioned Juan Miranda to make room for Posada. 4 minutes ago

  3. Erica in NY June 2nd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    I am out for a while. Hope to be back by the start of the game!

    Catch you all later

  4. AL Duque June 2nd, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Good move we need a second catcher!

  5. mick June 2nd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Looks like we have solved the DH problem.
    See ya Miranda.
    Next Thames.
    Like I said, no need for a DH platoon, too much waste.

  6. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Miranda getting sent down shouldn’t be that big a of a surprise. They lacked left handed bats when he was recalled and that’s not an issue right now.

    However, if Miranda was raking right now, he’d still be on the active roster.

  7. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    This is a great move Miranda can work on a couple things down in scranton get full playing time and as soon as Posada is ready to catch in game situations. DFA Chad,hope we can keep him.Miranda can come back up and knows he can succeed at this level. Not to mention we get Posadas bat back in our line up. Win Win situation.

  8. IK June 2nd, 2010 at 5:46 pm

    I agree

    DH needs to be Jorge and a waist station for older players, not a platoon of bad players….

  9. Carl June 2nd, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    Wish they would have kept Granderson in the 2 spot.

  10. JAP June 2nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    SJ44,

    Thanks, tell the skipper to give me a buzz when you two get off the phone! :)

  11. Seven June 2nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    No need for Jorge to catch if he is not 100% healthy. Let him be the DH for the next couple of weeks. Too bad for Miranda there really isn’t a place to play him now with Posada being the DH and Teix at first.

  12. blake June 2nd, 2010 at 5:48 pm

    Does John Sterling have any options left.

  13. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    This really tells me that Posada will see the bulk of his time at DH and thus Miranda/Thames is overkill. Good for Cervelli. The lineup with Posada at DH and Cervelli catching is not much worse off than Posada at catcher and NJ the DH. The way NJ was producing, he’s not much of an upgrade over Cervelli offensively.

  14. JAP June 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Bret the Hitman,

    The way Nick Johnson was performing, Cervelli in the lineup over him is an upgrade…

  15. mick June 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    hope Joe gives the Win sign tonight!

  16. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Only thing that worries me is Posada seems like he doesnt want to be full time catcher. I think Cerv is great but think Chad should not be our only other option. Its still to early for the superkids.

  17. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    Just glad to have Posada’s bat back in the lineup in the least.

  18. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Posada hasn’t historically put up good numbers as a DH, so it’s something he’s gonna have to learn.

  19. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 5:53 pm

    Is Posada becoming our permanent DH before our eyes?

  20. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    Macfan 5:51
    Very true!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  21. Limbo June 2nd, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    If Posada is our DH… who is the full-time or split catcher with Jorge next year?

    Moeller? Romine? Cervelli?

  22. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    JAP June 2nd, 2010 at 5:50 pm
    Bret the Hitman,

    The way Nick Johnson was performing, Cervelli in the lineup over him is an upgrade…
    **************

    Totally agree. This is the best offense and defense we can put out on the field. And we’re also due for corrections from Tex and Granderson.

  23. Corey June 2nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Good to see Jorge back.

  24. cs in la June 2nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Man, all of a sudden Posada has been designated as the DH? Weird – 3 weeks ago he was our every day catcher.

  25. Phil Columbus June 2nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    If Jorge is willing to spend most of his time as a DH from now on, then this is a better hitting Yankee team. No need for Miranda or NJ. I wonder if Cervelli starts to hit some rough spots if Romine or Montero will see some time with the big club before September?

  26. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    He is right in that you don’t see too many guys at that age catching.

    The wear and tear is less on Jorge though than many other guys, he didn’t become a full time catcher until he was 27 in 1998 when he played in 111 games that season.

    Look at Pudge Rodriguez for example who is now on the DL with a back strain, that can’t be good for a catcher, he is also 38.

  27. blake June 2nd, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    don’t expect Jorge to retire the shin guards just yet.

  28. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Bret the Hitman 5:53
    I hope not he is a great catcher and handles the pitching staff very well. If so I hope he can at least call the game from the duggout. Dont think Cerv would be offended to that hes just a veteran who knows how to handle in game situations.

  29. Jennifer June 2nd, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    Wow that Just makes me sad to read. Jorge is coming to the realization that his time behind the plate is less and less: -(

  30. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 2nd, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    aww, I’m kind of sad. I really don’t want to see anyone but Po behind the plate…..2 to 3 weeks before he’s 100%? I really don’t understand why the Yankees are rushing Jorge…….

  31. Joba Farnsworth June 2nd, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    Montero and Posada can rotate at DH/Catcher as early as next season (if Montero can stick as a part time catcher/DH) with Cervelli backing up.

  32. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    “# cs in la June 2nd, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    Man, all of a sudden Posada has been designated as the DH? Weird – 3 weeks ago he was our every day catcher.”

    ++++++++++++++

    I don’t think by any stretch he is the DH designate, its just that before they put him back behind the plate, they want to make sure all is kosher when he squats behind the plate daily going forward this season.

    Right now if he can still help the team, since he can hit and run freely, and we don’t exactly have a DH lighting it up, he fits right into that role and can help the team offensively before resuming catching duties.

  33. Allan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Remember… NJ is due back sometime shortly after the all-star break.. maybe late July/early August.

    When we get him back, it will be like making a trade. It would basically be like getting Berkman with less power.

    So NJ will eventually take the DH spot back. For the time being though, Posada in that spot is fine.

  34. Rishi June 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    YESNetwork Juan Miranda sent to AAA to make room for Jorge Posada.
    3 minutes ago via Twitterrific
    ====================

    And Miranda it is

  35. austinmac June 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Those statements from Posada were surprising since he has always been so strident about being a catcher. It probably tells us his body is feeling the effects of catching beyond his foot. He and Cervelli splitting the duties equally wouldn’t be bad.

    The only problem with Jorge as the full time DH is the injury situation. Without a catcher on the bench, if Cervelli has to leave the game, they would lose the DH.

  36. Steve June 2nd, 2010 at 6:01 pm

    Jorgie will adapt. At home and in most ballparks (except Boston) he can use the indoor batting cage between innings as a DH to keep sharp.

  37. JAP June 2nd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Getting Nick Johnson back after the All-Star break would be downgrading our team…especially if he continued where he left off. I’d much rather see Posada/Cervelli in the lineup.

  38. Noreaster June 2nd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Posada will be back catching again soon. It’s great to have his bat back.

    Cerv has great energy and a nice arm, but don’t get too attached to him, the Yankees are deep in catchers in the farm system. Catchers that hit for more power too.

  39. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    “# Allan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Remember… NJ is due back sometime shortly after the all-star break.. maybe late July/early August.

    When we get him back, it will be like making a trade. It would basically be like getting Berkman with less power.

    So NJ will eventually take the DH spot back. For the time being though, Posada in that spot is fine.”

    +++++++++++++++++

    To be honest Allan, I really don’t even care about that guy any longer. I bought into the notion he could stay healthy DHing and even that couldn’t help him stay healthy.

    I expect nothing from him and therefore won’t have any disappointments if he is done.

    Even if Nick Johnson was healthy, in this situation Jorge would start over him at DH.

    If a guy cannot stay healthy he has little value to a team because you cannot count on him over the long haul to be there.

  40. LGY June 2nd, 2010 at 6:04 pm

    I thought Jorge was too selfish and egotistical to take on more DH duty???

  41. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    “# JAP June 2nd, 2010 at 6:02 pm

    Getting Nick Johnson back after the All-Star break would be downgrading our team…especially if he continued where he left off. I’d much rather see Posada/Cervelli in the lineup.”

    +++++++++++++++

    My sentiments as well, I could care less if he comes back or not. Notice no one is exactly missing him.

    We wanted Granderson back to stabilize the OF and give a quality, everyday player in the lineup
    We wanted Posada back for his bat to lengthen the lineup
    We want Aceves back

    No one ls losing sleep over Nick Johnson and I was one of his biggest backers when he was picked up, but his injury showed me once again his unreliability to a team.

  42. XLJ June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Another great move by Girardi, Posada is no longer a catcher. He is a DH the guy keeps getting hurt he cant catch anymore. Cervelli is by far a better defensive catcher and has done a great job with the bat he has earned the right to be the teams number 1 catcher.

    This lineup is by far the yanks best lineup offensively and defensively that you can come up with.

  43. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I doubt very seriously either Romine or Montero gets a call up before September (or this season, for that matter).

  44. MTU (aka GBURL) June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I want to see Phil Hughes version 2.0 burn thru the Orioles lineup like white hot phosphorus.

    Bergesen is gonna get lit up. :)

  45. MG June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I think Jorge is just doing the best thing for the team right now, which is get back in the everyday lineup and contribute. He would be another 2-3 weeks on the DL to be back behind the plate, I fail to see any issue with him DHing during that time, he is a huge upgrade over anyone else on the team or in the farm system.

  46. Blood June 2nd, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Lineup is much better like – much more flexibility.

    Get rid of Johnson. We don’t need him anymore. It was a wasted signing, no need to revisit it.

  47. Dassit June 2nd, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    From Kevin Goldstein’s twitter:
    #Yankees officially add 2009 1st rounder Slade Heathcott to Low-A Charleston roster, makes their boxes more interesting.

  48. Macfan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    “# MG June 2nd, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    I think Jorge is just doing the best thing for the team right now, which is get back in the everyday lineup and contribute. He would be another 2-3 weeks on the DL to be back behind the plate, I fail to see any issue with him DHing during that time, he is a huge upgrade over anyone else on the team or in the farm system.”

    +++++++++++++

    My sentiments exactly MG

  49. Joe June 2nd, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    YES doing a feature on Romine/Montero

    Romine is a very impressive young man. Has a good head on his shoulders… easy to see why he is having success.

  50. XLJ June 2nd, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    Posada should never be behind the plate again. He cant block balls in the dirt, he doesn’t frame pitches, he cant throw very well and he doesn’t block the plate. There is no logical reason for him to catch anymore. Especially when you have an opening at the DH position. He is nothing more than a great hitter. I’m sure the entire pitching staff is happy that Cervelli is catching!

  51. MTU (aka GBURL) June 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    That shin-foot guard better be pretty damn strong.

    There is nothing to stop Jorge from fouling another one off in that same spot.

    That guard is the only thing standing between him and further injury.

    It better work.

  52. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:12 pm

    Listening to Jorge on the audio clip…

    He really sounds like he has done some serious thinking about DH’ing permanently. He admitted to thinking about it when he signed his last contract. I thought he’d be more stubborn about relinquishing his role to someone new like Cervelli but, by the sound of Jorge in this clip, he seems strangely at peace with the prospect of DH’ing. I almost want to believe that the organization has sat down with him and discussed or at least suggested his career can be extended as a DH. The thought of playing with this team and this group of players for 1 or 2 or 3 more extra years is appealing to Jorge.

    It’s all just a hunch. I dunno what Jorge’s thinking but he really seems like he is accepting the idea of Cervelli as the future and he really supports the transition.

  53. K-Zone June 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Johnson’s roll –

    If we need a guy to draw a walk as a pinch hitter in the World Series. That’s about it. He can’t do anything else. Then again, he will probably get hurt in batting practice.

  54. Betsy - Hughes rules (pleading the Fifth) June 2nd, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    Sure, Cervelli is Johnny Bench………..

  55. Joe June 2nd, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Patrick from Pinstriple Plus describes Romine as a “RH hitting Brian McCaan” right now on YES

  56. Trevor June 2nd, 2010 at 6:14 pm

    Anyone watching YES? They’re talking about Romine and Montero.

  57. MTU (aka GBURL) June 2nd, 2010 at 6:15 pm

    Comparing Romine, who is untested at the ML, to an excellent hitter like McCann is a joke.

    We should be so lucky.

  58. CRAWDADDY (Boycott ESPN-NY) June 2nd, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    “I think Jorge is just doing the best thing for the team right now, which is get back in the everyday lineup and contribute. He would be another 2-3 weeks on the DL to be back behind the plate, I fail to see any issue with him DHing during that time, he is a huge upgrade over anyone else on the team or in the farm system.”

    I agree with that, but before the season is done, they’re going to need Posada behind the plate because I still have my doubts about Cervelli being a full-time catcher for the Yankees. My doubts are about his bat, not his fielding. I hope Posada’s ready to catch when they do inter-league play at the NL parks.

  59. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 6:23 pm

    Posada will be back behind the plate when hes ready at least now we get his bat in the line up. Any one that thinks Cervy is going any where needs to listen to that Posada audio clip again. It s very clear how he and the team feel about Cervs role now and the near future.

  60. DMan June 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Our first interleague road game is June 21st in Arizona

    Hope Jorge can catch by then.

    Gardner-Cervelli-Pitcher at the bottom is not appetizing…

  61. Joe from Long Island June 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Jorge’s being a realist – bless him.

    Kevin Long’s being interviewed on YES now – breaking down Swish’s mechanics – My goodness! Does this man know his stuff! This is his last year under contract, and I hope the Yankees give him another multiyear deal, at a raise. He has earned it.

  62. Joba Farnsworth June 2nd, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Posada is vastly under-appreciated, especially on this blog, for his work behind the plate. He’s far from the Mike Piazza-all bat/no glove guy people make him out to be.

  63. Noreaster June 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    XLJ, Calm down…we’ve won 4 WS with Posada behind the plate. Having an offensive catcher that can call a game and throw is a big advantage. He’s never blocked the plate very well, I think he broke his foot in the minors doing that, and he doesn’t always catch everything thrown at the ground…but he just might be a HOF catcher.

  64. Bronx Jeers June 2nd, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    We don’t really know how long Nick’s wrist was bothering him but it’ wouldn’t be a stretch to say it was for most of his short-lived season.

    I love Cervelli as much as anybody but he’s not a better hitter than a healthy Nick Johnson.

    I would think that Nick will be returning in late July/early Aug and they will give him a shot to reclaim the DH spot with Posada as the primary catcher.

    I also believe Po will be the primary catcher next season as well.

  65. Doreen - GTLU Stuff & Photos June 2nd, 2010 at 6:28 pm

    Very interesting stuff from Posada. Kinda flies in the face of all the people who said he was a selfish player who would refuse to DH, no? :)

    It’s good they have a very, very good back-up in Cervelli, but it means they have to carry the third catcher for awhile, too.

  66. Watermelon June 2nd, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Posada is done as the Yankees catcher.

    He will be the DH this year with Cervelli/Moeller taking the brunt of the catching.

    He will be the DH next year with Cervelli as catcher to start the year and eventually, Romine or Montero will be the starting catcher in May or June.

    Good for Jorge for realizing all this.

  67. Noreaster June 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Where is SJ44 when we need him?

  68. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Some people need Hooked on Phonics.

    Girardi was quoted above saying that he wants Jorge to catch. It is not set in stone by any stretch that he is now a full-time DH.

    He’s the temporary DH until he’s medically cleared to catch again.

  69. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Guiseppe Franco 6:34
    When Posada is medicaly cleared to catch again can the yankees let him get some rehab starts in minors or does he not get that chance since hes already been DHing? Thanx 4 the Info

  70. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    True, but Jorge was also quoted saying that some circumstances have come along where he sees himself catching less and he sees Cervelli as the future. That’s straight from the horse’s mouth and he’s the one who feels the aches and pains, bumps and bruises. He’s the one who lives in the body that has been DL’d 4 times since 2008. He’s the one who can choose to extend his career and continue to contribute and be a part of this group for 1 or 2 or 3 extra more years as a DH.

  71. XLJ June 2nd, 2010 at 6:39 pm

    I can read Girardi’s mind. Posada will be Cervelli’s backup catcher for the rest of the season. Maybe catching once or twice a week when he is healthy to do so. And next year he will be the full time dh.

    Personally I feel Girari should make him the fulltime DH now. Posada is a liability behind the plate.

  72. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Sacfly,

    No. Once he’s activated, he can’t be sent down a week or two from now to catch in rehab games.

    He’s going to do it with the big club.

  73. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t see anything wrong with Cervelli being the full-time catcher next year. Once we sign Crawford in place of Gardner, Francisco would represent the only weak spot in the lineup.

  74. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    and Montero and Romine would be more ML ready if Cervelli is a disaster at the plate or if he wears down and gets “exposed”. So imagine that the only weak spot in next year’s lineup is backed up by Jesus Montero and Austin Romine…

    All while Posada extends his career as the DH starting in 2011.

  75. Sacfly June 2nd, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Giuseppe Franco 6:40
    Thanks 4 the answer thats what I thought just wasnt positive.

  76. Giuseppe Franco June 2nd, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    Bret,

    Posada did say he sees himself catching less frequently. But that doesn’t mean he’s now the backup catcher to Cervelli.

    He’s simply going to catch fewer games to keep him healthy. When Posada is cleared to catch again, he’ll probably be behind the plate 3 or 4 games a week while Cervelli catches the other 3 or 4.

    They don’t want to kill Cervelli either and Moeller is just insurance right now.

  77. XLJ June 2nd, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Screw Carl Crawford. The target in the offseason should be Cliff Lee! Javy will be gone and Pettitte might retire that will open up 2 rotation spots. Starting pitching is what wins in the playoffs.

  78. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:45 pm

    Franco,

    Did you listen to the full clip of Jorge?

    That sound like a guy who has seriously SERIOUSLY contemplated a transition to DH to extend his career with the Yankees.

  79. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Pettitte ain’t retiring. We are set 1-4 and possibly 5 if Joba can return to a starter role next season. Lee will be overpayed like Lackey.

  80. Carl June 2nd, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    # Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:46 pm

    Pettitte ain’t retiring. We are set 1-4 and possibly 5 if Joba can return to a starter role next season. Lee will be overpayed like Lackey.

    Lee > Lackey and its not even close. Cliff Lee’s command is ridiculous.

  81. XLJ June 2nd, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Cashman prized position player offseason signing Mark Teixeira hit 180 in the postseason. I hope Cashman realizes by now postseason is about pitching.

    I HAVE CLIFF LEE FEVER!!!!!!

  82. Bret the Hitman June 2nd, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Well then if he’s in a different league than Lackey then why in the world would the Yankees spend 20 million on him on a 4 or 5 year deal when they can have Pettitte back for 1?

    Pettitte is NOT EVEN CLOSE to being done.

  83. Carl June 2nd, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    No one knows but Pettitte. We’ll see.

  84. Bronx Jeers June 2nd, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    Jorge’s back a bit early for a foot fracture.

    There’s no need to rush him back behind the plate because…

    A. Cervelli’s producing like a MLB catcher albeit he doesn’t have any power to speak of.

    and

    B. Their regular DH just had surgery about 3 weeks ago.

    I would think that as soon as Jorge is cleared to catch he will get behind the plate and Moeller will get DFA’d.

    Will he be full-time? Probably not until and if Nick Johnson returns and proves he is healthy enough to resume full time DH role.

    Remember that their best possible line-up is with Jorge catching and a healthy Nick Johnson at DH.

  85. BronxBorn June 2nd, 2010 at 7:04 pm

    I wouldn’t mind if Posada/Cisco split it 50-50 behind the plate for the next year or two. If the Yanks have the lead then have Cisco come in for a late inning replacement.

    Let Nick Johnson go at the end of this year. Let Posada DH 50% of the time and have the other veteran regulars split the the DH the other days.

  86. muffinstump June 2nd, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    wow, interesting news. glad to see the change of heart/tone from posada. think this really makes the lineup longer and stronger, both offensively and defensively.

    i’m also with folks who don’t think nj will bring a whole lot if he comes back after the asb.

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