Until further notice, Chad Moeller’s spot on the Yankees bench is secure.
“Until (Jorge Posada) can get through a game without the issue that he feels,” Joe Girardi said. “I don’t know how much of it is fatigue and soreness and the combination of both. I think we have to be careful with that.”
Girardi would not announce his plan for Posada this weekend, but Girardi did say he won’t catch Posada back-to-back games just yet. That seems to set Posada up for a Saturday start behind the plate, Sunday off or at DH, and then two out of three games against Arizona. After an off day Thursday, the could again play two out of three against the Dodgers. In theory, starting at DH tonight has allowed Posada to catch as many games as possible during the National League road trip.
“I don’t necessarily think it’s the not being able to go back-to-back days (that causes concern),” Girardi said. “I think it’s more feeling it in the eighth and ninth inning is more of a concern. Not being able to go back-to-back days, we can deal with that because if he doesn’t start the second game you still have Cervi that can start. The fact you might have to pull him in the middle of a game, that’s a concern.”
Here’s Girardi’s pregame session.
• Obviously Alex Rodriguez came through his pregame drills just fine. This will be his first start at third base since he was pulled from last weekend’s game in Baltimore.
• Getting Rodriguez back to a fulltime infielder and Posada back to regular starts behind the plate could go a long way toward building some consistency for this lineup. “Our lineup has not been consistent because of the injuries,” Girardi said. “Hopefully this is the end of them and we’ll be able to get through this.”
• Speaking of injuries, Curtis Granderson is fine, just getting a day off against a lefty. “Everything is 100 percent,” Granderson said. “(Girardi) came and told me, be ready.”
• One more injury update, I saw Marcus Thames walking into the cages to hit this afternoon. “He feels better every day,” Girardi said. “Obviously, he’s on the 15-day DL and we’ll evaluate him when we get (to the 15th day). But it is good to see him moving around.”
• Girardi wouldn’t tip his hand as to who the Yankees might call up when they’re ready to cut the third catcher. “I believe that our organization has people who could help us,” is all he would say about it.
• There remains no timetable for Dave Eiland’s return. “I think these guys are pretty aware of what they need to do and what gets them on track,” Girardi said. “I think they probably have heard enough of Dave in their ear that they can probably hear his voice sometimes when he’s not even here. But we do miss him. There’s no doubt about it. We do miss him.”
• This will the Yankees second crack at Hisanori Takahashi. He pitched six scoreless against them last month. “Obviously our guys have a better idea of what he’s going to do,” Girardi said. “But it’s not like they have 15 or 20 at-bats off him. I’m sure he’s even a little bit different now that he’s stretched out more. I always think it’s somewhat of an advantage for a pitcher when you haven’t seen him before. Our guys have a better idea what his pitches do.”
Jose Reyes SS
Angel Pagan CF
David Wright 3B
Ike Davis 1B
Jason Bay LF
Chris Carter DH
Rod Barajas C
Jeff Francoeur RF
Ruben Tejada 2B
Associated Press photos of Moeller and Derek Jeter. There’s no real reason for the Jeter picture, I just didn’t have another one to use and thought I’d go with the Captain.