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.
• 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.