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Pregame notes: Posada very close to catching

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Jun 12, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Astros Yankees BaseballThat picture is of Joba Chamberlain talking to Giants running back Brandon Jacobs before yesterday’s game. It has absolutely nothing to do with this post, but I also just watched Sergio Mitre hit a batting practice home run to left field, so not a lot  is making sense this morning.

The most significant update is about Jorge Posada, who could be a day away from catching in a game.

Posada said this morning that he “could be” behind the plate tomorrow. At the very least, Joe Girardi promised to have news about Posada tomorrow.

“I’ll get a chance to talk to our medical staff and we’ll have something for you tomorrow,” Girardi said.

Posada has hit just .133 with no extra-base hits since coming off the disabled list, but he’s hoping that getting behind the plate will help turn him around with the bat. This whole designated hitter thing has taken some getting used to. Posada has tried stretching, hitting in the cage, riding the bike, stretching and watching video but he said he still isn’t sure what to do with himself between innings.

“It’s not easy,” Posada said. “It’s not dislike or like, it’s just not easy when you play every day. It’s like pinch hitting four times. It’s the toughest thing to do. You just have to get used to it.”

• Girardi isn’t sure yet whether Alex Rodriguez is available as a pinch hitter, but he showed up at the park with no plans of putting him in the lineup. “He’s not ready to go,” Girardi said. “We’ll continue to evaluate him every day and see what availability we have of him every day.”

• Girardi blames the injury on that extra-innings game in Toronto more so than Rodriguez’s surgery or his workload. “He didn’t really have a problem until he played that 14-inning game on the turf,” Girardi said. “Is it workload or was it the 14 innings on the turf? If I was a guessing man, I would guess it’s the latter.”

• Brett Gardner took full batting practice this morning. Girardi said it’s possible Gardner could be in the lineup tomorrow.

• Although Posada is nearly ready to catch, Girardi said he won’t be immediately ready to trim his roster down to two catchers. “I think you have to see him behind the plate and how he reacts the next day,” Girardi said. “Or if we play him two days in a row how he reacts.”

• When the Yankees released Randy Winn, Girardi cited Kevin Russo’s versatility as one of the reasons they chose to keep Russo over Winn. With injuries to Gardner and Rodriguez, that flexibility has come into play. “Whenever you ask someone to make a position change, and you don’t give them a ton of games to do it, you have to be pretty athletic to be able to make that adjustment,” Girardi said.

• What’s made a difference for Javier Vazquez in his past few starts? “It’s been command,” Girardi said. “It’s staying out of the middle of the plate. Staying down in the zone. Not getting into long counts with hitters.”

UPDATE, 12:08 p.m.: Astros lineup.

Michael Bourn CF
Jeff Keppinger 2B
Lance Berkman 1B
Carlos Lee DH
Hunter Pence RF
Geoff Blum 3B
Jason Michaels LF
Humberto Quintero C
Tommy Manzella SS

LHP Wandy Rodriguez

Associated Press photo




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