Joe Girardi wouldn’t say yesterday whether he planned to have Jorge Posada in the lineup tonight, but the smart money seems to be on Posada sitting the bench. The Yankees have established a clear starter-catcher rotation, it doesn’t often include Posada catching A.J. Burnett.
For the most part, Girardi has assigned Posada the task of catching CC Sabathia, Phil Hughes and Dustin Moseley/Andy Pettitte. Francisco Cervelli catches the other two. Vazquez hasn’t pitched to Posada since May 1. Burnett has pitched to him once since June 21.
“Will it change from time to time? Possibly,” Girardi said. “But Cervi has caught Javy and A.J. most of the time nd I’ve stuck to that rotation because it’s been successful.”
It’s all in the name of keeping Posada healthy, especially after the knee problems that forced him to miss time in Cleveland. That’s part of the reason Posada didn’t DH on Friday.
“I can catch today and tomorrow and wake up and it’s fine,” Posada said. “I can catch the same game and something I did, I don’t know what, something kind of makes it flare up. I don’t know the reason. I catch the same way, it’s just one play or one block or one thing that happens to make it (hurt). I just have to see how it is the next day.”
The source of the problem is a cyst, which Posada said could be drained, though he’s never considered doing it. He said he might have it drained this offseason, but there’s no guarantee that it won’t come back.
“Obviously I’ve got to deal with it,” he said. “I’ve got to get it ready to play. It’s good. It’s better than it was in Cleveland for sure.”
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