Jorge Posada said he could have played today, even Joe Girardi said “there’s no doubt” he could have started Posada. Thing is, Posada showed up today with some lingering stiffness in his left knee and Girardi decided to sit him and start Francisco Cervelli back behind the plate.
“Just give me an extra day with the big series coming up,” Posada said.
The big series, of course, is against second-place Tampa this weekend. Posada said he hopes to catch two out of three.
“I was hoping that with a DH day yesterday it would be gone or feel a lot better and it didn’t,” Girardi said. “We’ll give him a whole day and get a lot of treatment and see where we’re at… You’re still using your legs when you hit. You’re still running and you’re still going to irritate the back of your leg when you hit. We’re just trying to get it to calm down. Hopefully we don’t need him tonight.”
• Last I heard, Girardi said Alfredo Aceves was going to throw a bullpen Friday. Instead, he threw a bullpen this afternoon. It was going on while we talked to Girardi pregame. “I’ll talk to Dave to see what he saw, and I’ll talk to Geno to discuss it,” Girardi said. “Maybe he’ll be pitching in a game soon, a rehab. I would hope if they say he’s ready to go that it would be within a week (that he’d start a rehab assignment).”
• Nick Swisher at DH has nothing to do with last week’s Achilles issue. “He hasn’t said anything to me,” Girardi said. “I just thought I’d give him a day.”
• Curtis Granderson has been much better lately, but Girardi said his decision to bat Granderson left is primarily so that he can use Swisher to break up the lefties at the bottom of the lineup.
• Dustin Moseley is pretty stretched out. He’s cleared for 90 to 100 pitches. “If I can get six innings out of him, that would be great,” Girardi said.
• Phil Hughes starts again tomorrow. Girardi said he doesn’t have a plan for if/when the Yankees might skip Hughes again to limit his innings. “I don’t have anything completely mapped out because there are a lot of things that could change between there,” he said.
• An entire pregame session with no questions about Joba Chamberlain in the eighth inning or Alex Rodriguez hitting No. 600. It was remarkable.
• In non-milestone Rodriguez news, according to the AP, A-Rod has filed “an objection to aspects of next week’s auction of the Texas Rangers, saying he and other former players may not get the millions owed them.”
Trevor Crowe CF
Asdrubal Cabrera SS
Shin-Soo Choo RF
Carlos Santana C
Austin Kearns LF
Matt LaPorta 1B
Jayson Nix 3B
Shelley Duncan DH
Luis Valbuena 2B
Associated Press photos of Cervelli with Gardner, and Rodriguez