As Jorge Posada jogged into the outfield and toward the bullpen to catch Andy Pettitte’s side session, Francisco Cervelli called out from the dugout. “Hip, hip. Jorge!”
“He’s obviously closer,” Joe Girardi said. “And we’ll expand his drills as the week goes on. We want to see how he bounces back tomorrow, how the foot bounces back, and we’ll expand it every day obviously.”
Girardi said he wants Posada behind the plate “in the near future,” but he doesn’t expect it to happen this week. Posada caught Pettitte’s bullpen session, blocked balls in the dirt with Tony Pena, and went into the outfield to simulate throws to second base. Posada said he felt no pain but still needs to get his legs used to the routine.
“We want to see how the foot reacts,” he said. “It feels fine now. Just want to see if the foot can take it. We’re trying to simulate a little bit of catching. It’s not like catching a whole game. We just want to be smart about it. Take a day off tomorrow and do it again Thursday.”
• First-round draft pick Cito Culver said he prefers Cito, not Chris. He also said his high school senior ball is on Friday, and he spent part of the afternoon going with a friend to rent pinstriped suits. “When I was called I was very grateful and just honored,” he said. He sounded like a great kid, and handled the conference call really well. I’ll have more on exactly what he said soon.
• Staten Island manager Josh Paul is here to fill in as pitching coach bullpen coach while Dave Eiland is away. (I had that posted from my phone about two hours ago, but for whatever reason it didn’t work). Girardi said he’s still not sure when Eiland will return.
• Obviously Alex Rodriguez’s sore groin is feeling better. “Alex is good,” Girardi said. “He’s in the lineup. Feels great.”
• Girardi still has not talked to Culver, but said he expects to at some point soon.
• Baltimore lineup.
Julio Lugo 2B
Miguel Tejada 3B
Nick Markakis RF
Ty Wigginton 1B
Luke Scott DH
Adam Jones CF
Matt Wieters C
Lou Montanez LF
Cesar Izturis SS
UPDATE, 6:28 p.m.: My bad everyone, I misunderstood. Josh Paul is here to serve as bullpen coach. Mike Harkey will remain the interim pitching coach. Sorry about that.
Associated Press photo.