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Posada injured

Posted by: Brian Heyman - Posted in Misc on Sep 08, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Joe Girardi revealed after the game that Jorge Posada took a foul tip Tuesday night and was unavailable for this game because of concussion symptoms. He left during the game to be examined by a neurologist at New York Presbyterian. There’s no word on the findings yet.

Jason Bay and Justin Morneau have had extended absences this season because of concussions. Girardi couldn’t say whether Posada would fly to Texas tomorrow night, although it probably wouldn’t be the wisest thing. Right now, the catching is in the hands of Francisco Cervelli, who  has three RBI in his last 108 at-bats, and Chad Moeller, just back from the minors.

The injury may have happened on a Nick Markakis at-bat. Posada alerted the Yankees after Tuesday night’s game that something was wrong, and then he didn’t sleep well.  

“Georgie is a huge part of our team,” Alex Rodriguez said. “We’ll just hope for the best right now.”

 
 

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42 Responses to “Posada injured”

  1. Jerkface September 8th, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I really hope its just mild symptoms and not something which is going to keep him down for very long.

  2. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 8th, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I am “calling out” that he is fine and will be on the plane to Texas ! Who is going to agree with me ?

  3. Andrew September 8th, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Wouldn’t be surprised to not see him this weekend, for sure. Hopefully it’s not on the level of the Bay/Morneau injuries. Would be nice if his symptoms cleared soon and he was back for the Tampa series, but we shall see. Still way premature to be making guesses about the severity since nobody knows what the tests will reveal.

  4. Erin September 8th, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Poor Sado. :(

    Hopefully it’s not too serious and won’t keep him out for long.

    I was just reading a recap of the game-go Swish!!!!

  5. Wave Your Hat September 8th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Teams are very cautious with concussions now, as they should be. I am afraid this is just terrible news

  6. Tex September 8th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    What’s Paul Lo Duca doing these days? (besides chasing 18 yr girls and gambling).

  7. 108 stitches September 8th, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    RE-Post ……….

    JMO but if Marte is out for the year, I’d want another lefthander in the bullpen rather than put the entire burden on Boone Logan. A 40-man roster move would have to be made to add Royce Ring.

    http://web.minorleaguebaseball…..pid=429721

    Also, I’d strongly consider signing FA John Buck to a 2-year deal with an option for another while packaging Cervelli in a deal.
    A 2011 combination of Jorge, Buck, and Montero would fit. Montero could be used as a DH for a portion of games.

  8. Patrick September 8th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    Uh, no he’s not. Marginally better, maybe.

    Oh come on, he’s having a significantly better year than last year. Before he went into this little slump his average was up, OBP about the same, SLG was up. Lets evaluate it when the season is done, we can talk then.

  9. Captain Clutch September 8th, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    So the Sox are pitching Wakefield tonight. Will the fat lady be signing during the 7th or will it be sweet Caroline for 1 more day? They will probably treat every game against Tampa like a spring training game from here on out to stick it to the Yanks.

  10. Erin September 8th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    John Sterling, trendsetter??

    RiverAveBlues In New York City, Swishalicious is a trending topic. What have you wrought, John Sterling?

  11. Tom in N.J. September 8th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    A Come-to Jesus moment?

  12. SJ44 September 8th, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    John Buck is playing himself into a fulltime catching position with the salary to match.

    He won’t be a Yankee next year because of it.

  13. Erin September 8th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    YankeesWFAN If Posada really does have a concussion, Yanks will be very cautious knowing what we know in 2010. A lot hinges on medical results.

  14. Jerkface September 8th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Patrick, the difference is all in singles. He is going to hit less doubles and less HRs in the same amount of PA’s as last year. And walk half as much while striking out a similiar amount of times.

    But he is going to have a bunch of added on singles. Anyone would trade singles for walks I think. But his overall power is down.

    On the flip side he is hitting .310 with RISP which has to be far and away a career high.

  15. Faiaz September 8th, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    WHOA including today, since August 1st the cumulative ERA of Rivera, Chamberlain, Robertson, Wood and Logan is 1.15!!!!! Where did this come from? I mean I knew they were good but not Rivera-like-automatic good.

  16. Erin September 8th, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I’m out for the evening-think postive for Posada!!!

  17. Wave Your Hat September 8th, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    Patrick-

    Before he went into his little slump, as you say, his OPS+ this year was 142 vs 129 last year. In my mind that’s marginally better, but I grant you a single is a little more important than a walk (although year to year walks are more consistent than singles, so…), so perhaps the difference was slightly more, but not enough to change the conclusion. And now the difference is less.

    I’m fine with waiting until the year is over, though, since I like both the 2009 and the 2010 Nick.

  18. Yankee Trader September 8th, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    If it is a mild concussion, Posada won’t be going on this road trip. he’ll be monitored closely by the neurologist in NY and his wife. Would think if his symptoms disappear fairly quickly, he’d be good to go a few days later, but maybe only as DH??

  19. CB September 8th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    This is really tough news. It’s why catching is so tough and part of why depending on a plus hitting catcher as a key part of your offense is difficult. The risk for injury is significant and it’s hard to lose a key part of the attack.

    Concussions can be very difficult. There’s no medicine to treat them. They mostly require rest and time.

    Hopefully he’ll be ok. With a catcher though it’s especially tough to rush. They’re always at high risk for another blow to the head.

  20. LGY September 8th, 2010 at 5:11 pm

    The Yankees have a great bullpen now. They need to take advantage of that down the stretch and in the playoffs.

    The only upside of starting AJ in the playoffs is that if Good AJ shows up you will have a great chance to win that game. The chance of that happening though are slim.

    The Yankees don’t need to roll the dice on their 4th starter hoping for the miracle that is Good AJ. They don’t need someone to dominate because AJ would be up against another mediocre 4th starter.

    They need someone to just keep them in the game for 5 or 6 innings and then use their superior bullpen to their advantage.

    If Nova continues to pitch like this IMO you need to consider him for the postseason over AJ.

  21. Giuseppe Franco September 8th, 2010 at 5:15 pm

    I’ve had a concussion in the past. Not a lot of fun at all.

    I wouldn’t expect to see Posada on the road trip. Better to be safe than sorry. He’s too important to this team.

  22. Patrick September 8th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    Patrick, the difference is all in singles. He is going to hit less doubles and less HRs in the same amount of PA’s as last year. And walk half as much while striking out a similiar amount of times.

    Swish has about 50 less PA’s than last year with 3 less HR’s and 4 less doubles. In 50 plate appearances I think he can get close to his power numbers from last year.

    True about the walks/singles/strikeouts though…

  23. jacksquat September 8th, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    If Nova continues to pitch like this IMO you need to consider him for the postseason over AJ.

    And I bet AJ would be completely surprised. After his last terrible start he said he would be surprised if he wasn’t making his next start.

    It’s also a tough call for a manager to make, subbing a rookie with a handful of starts for your supposed #2, $18mil/year pitcher.

    If things continue as they have though, I’d be for it.

  24. Bronx Jeers September 8th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Jorge’s so thick headed anyway.

    Take 2 motrin and give him a bat!

    Seriously, now a couple of doctors just published a study that links brain trauma to ALS. Very scary.

    Why chance it with Jorge? Aren’t you even supposed to abstain from air travel with a concussion?

  25. Eroc September 8th, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    “If Nova continues to pitch like this IMO you need to consider him for the postseason over AJ.”

    Exactly. Hope Girardi has an open mind and doesn’t make his decision based on what AJ did last year or fear of hurting his feelings.

    Fact is – he is the worst starter in baseball over the past 20 starts.

  26. Doreen September 8th, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Hope Posada is going to be okay. Hope it just means missing the first leg of the road trip.

    ***
    I am so impressed with the confidence that Ivan Nova displays.

  27. Faiaz September 8th, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Burnett to be even mentioned as part of the bullpen… arguable or totally nonsensical?

  28. theREALkevin September 8th, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    bronx, come on, that is like repeated brain trauma….. like for boxers or football players. it doesn’t apply to this situation at all, not even one bit. if Jorge took 50 foul balls to his mask everyday then maybe that statement would apply here.

    that being said, they will almost certainly keep him out for a bit, which is probably smart. however i seriously doubt one foul tip to the head is going to cause any serious concussion.

  29. Giuseppe Franco September 8th, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    Okay, Doctor Realkevin.

    None of us have any idea how hard Posada was hit in the head. Yes, he’s been hit many times before but this one obviously had an adverse effect on him in ways other incidents didn’t.

    You can’t speculate on something you know nothing about.

  30. Bronx Jeers September 8th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    bronx, come on, that is like repeated brain trauma….. like for boxers or football players. it doesn’t apply to this situation at all, not even one bit. if Jorge took 50 foul balls to his mask everyday then maybe that statement would apply here.

    ————————————————————————————————————————————————-

    Because I’m sure Jorge has never taken a foul ball to the head before right?

    Bottom line is that concussions were linked to ALS or an ALS-like disease. Something about bacteria leaking down the brain stem and into the spinal column. Then you’re dead.

    As all this is new there’s not a lot of information so I’m sure everybody is just going to play it safe until there’s answers.

  31. Nutball Gazette September 8th, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    I think Posada just might be done

  32. Kelvin September 8th, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    Go Jesus montero! Ftw. One can dream lol.

  33. Don Vito A. Bellamo September 8th, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Nutball Gazette=Truly TOUCHED in the head

  34. Jason22 September 8th, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    Jesus is not in the Scranton lineup, the time is now.

    I did not want an injury to happen to Jorge for this to occur, but he is so much better than Cervelli, they can not field a lineup with a huge hole in it, so this has to be done, and it looks like it is.

    Great job by Nova and the bullpen today and then Nick saving the loss and turning it into a win.

  35. ac1 September 8th, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Posada just cannot stay away from these freak injuries.

    I think Posada is a huge part of this team.

    FYI, i dont think Montero can play in the post season because he wasnt called up before sept 1 and he isnt on the 40 man, but i could be wrong.

  36. Tom in N.J. September 8th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    No Jesus Montero in the Scranton lineup tonight. Hmm #Yankees

    http://twitter.com/FrankiePili.....3950286423

  37. Kelvin September 8th, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    Don’t think montero is eligible for playoffs though in MLB. We’ll just wait and see.

  38. ac1 September 8th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    new post. posada cleared to play. ends the montero dream.

  39. Tom in N.J. September 8th, 2010 at 5:54 pm

    If Montero is called up he could play in the PS:

    ” The rules allow for an injured player to be replaced by anyone who was in the organization on Aug. 31, even if that player wasn’t in the majors. The replacement must be pitcher-for-pitcher, or position player-for-position player. ”

    Maybe Nick Johnson had some value after all…

    http://mlb.fanhouse.com/2010/0.....-loophole/

  40. trisha - true pinstriped blue September 8th, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    I put something out in an earlier thread wondering if it was possible that Jeter was losing his focus because of his relationship with Minka Kelly. It was just a thought and I think I wondered about it when I saw a picture of them together at the US Open and am figuring this relationship is probably “the one”. He’s playing poorly yet still hanging out with her in the meantime. I think it’s unlike what he did in past seasons when he had girlfriends. And now he’s selling his NY apartment which leads me to wonder where he will live when the Yanks play at home.

    Anyway, I just saw this comment after the story about Minka freaking out on the flight to LAX.

    “This asshat is why Jeter is full of suckitude this year. She’s like his kryptonite. Dump her Jetes. She’s acting like a mental case. And we need you to stop grounding into fu*king double plays.”

    I guess I’m not the only one wondering.

  41. umbrelladoc September 8th, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    Looks like Montero would be eligible. Wikipedia appears to be wrong – one only has to be in the organization by August 31st, not the 40 man roster. If you recall last year the Yankees acquired Freddy Guzman on August 31st, but did not add him to the 40 man roster until September 14th. Since Nady was on the 60 day dl, they got him on the postseason roster that way.

  42. Yogi Mantle September 8th, 2010 at 6:10 pm

    I just don’t get how Showalter has made any real difference in the pitching staff. I think its more small sample size and a change made in the clubhouse tends to mean changes in the field for a time.

    The Rockies had changed managers, they went on a run. Then it wasn’t much more than a year or two later they fired the manager and they changed again.

    Showalter is a good manager. I don’t buy it that he has the players afraid or re-motivated just because he came in. They are not a well run organization as has been shown for a long time. That doesn’t change with the hiring of a manager.

    The Orioles have some talent but they are playing for nothing right now. Eliminated from the post season (first team to have that distinction in both division and WC.) This turn around need to show it can be sustained for more than just a month or two.


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