For the first time since May 12 and 13, Jorge Posada is catching in back-to-back games.
“Waking up in the morning and not feeling the pain was encouraging,” Posada said. “As soon as I got over that and was able to play back-to-back days — catching one day and then DHing — it felt fine. It was feeling better and better every time I caught.”
With an off day Thursday, Posada could have taken tonight off and caught tomorrow, which would have given him two out of three games this series, but Joe Girardi said he thought the time was right to test Posada in back-to-back games.
“I would love to see him in back-to-back because we haven’t done it yet,” Girardi said. “That’s the one thing we haven’t done yet. I just wanted to see if he could do it.”
Posada has been wearing extra protection on his right foot when he bats right-handed, and he has extra protection around his feet built into his catching gear.
• Chan Ho Park allowed five home run in 45 games last year. He’s allowed six homers in 18 games this season. “You look at the slider that he gave up (yesterday),” Girardi said. “It was a complete missed location. It was up in the zone. Too much of the plate. Before that he was throwing pretty well… I believe he’s going to pitch well, but right now you definitely think about it. How do you get him going?”
• Girardi echoed Alex Rodriguez’s comments last night about the lack of home runs from the Yankees cleanup hitter. “I won’t be shocked if he has 30 home runs this year,” Girardi said. “I’ve always belived that homers come in bunches for guys. He went through a little hip problem, so we’re dealing with that now, but as I’ve said all along, I don’t get as caught up in home runs as production. He could go up there and try to hit home runs and be hitting .210. That would be a huge concern. I still believe he’s going to hit a lot of home runs.”
• If you haven’t noticed — and I’m sure most of you have — Derek Jeter’s red hot finish to the month of May came to a quick end in the month of June. Since June 2, Jeter is hitting .197. “He’s not getting a lot of hits right now,” Girardi said. “I thought last night he just missed a couple of balls. We talked about that it’s a fine line pitching. It’s a fine line hitting as well.”
• If you assume that most of the minor league call-ups are completely anonymous in the Yankees clubhouse, think again. The clubhouse television had the Arizona State College World Series game on this afternoon. Every single player who walked by to see ASU losing seem to immediately make a comment about Colin Curtis, who went to Arizona State. Phil Hughes, of course, made fun of his old minor league teammate. But Nick Swisher and Joe Girardi also had Curtis comments when they saw the 10-2 score. Curtis, of course, believed a comeback was brewing.
Associated Press photo of Posada with Francisco Cervelli.