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Pregame notes: Posada available to pinch hit

Posted by: Chad Jennings - Posted in Notes on Sep 10, 2010 Print This Post Print This Post | Email This Post Email This Post

Yankees Posada BaseballEven when had a mild headache and some trouble sleeping Tuesday night, Jorge Posada never believed he had a concussion. He’s had concussions before — three of them, the said — and this never felt like a concussion.

“It’s not like I haven’t experienced it before,” he said. “You get the headaches. You get a little foggy and stuff. I haven’t felt like that this time… I didn’t experience anything different from a normal headache.”

Gene Monahan, though, has diagnosed Posada with a very mild concussion. Not enough to cause significant concern, but enough that the Yankees don’t want to risk him taking another foul ball to the head in the next 48 hours. For now, Posada is available to pinch hit. If he hits, though, he won’t stay in the game to catch. The Yankees are all too aware of what’s happened with Justin Morneau and Jason Bay this season.

“Right now we’re probably looking at a couple of days (off) and then possibly catching him on Sunday,” Joe Girardi said. “Our concern is if he gets hit again, do we lose him for an extended period of time?”

Girardi said it’s more likely Posada would get hit by a foul tip than a wild pitch — Girardi was knocking on wood when he said it — which is why the Yankees feel OK with him at the plate, but not behind it. Posada said he could catch if necessary. The Yankees don’t want to take that chance.

Pettitte Rehab Baseball• The Yankees plan to have Andy Pettitte make another rehab start on Tuesday. They haven’t announced a team he’ll be pitching for, but Scranton/Wilkes-Barre would open the championship round at home on that day. Tampa would also play at home that day if their series goes five games. Trenton would be on the road.

• If every minor league affiliate is eliminated before Tuesday, the Yankees would have two choices: Have Pettitte throw a sim game or put him in a big league game. “I would lean probably more toward a simulated game now that I’m thinking about it, but my mind could change,” Girardi said. “I would like to get his pitch count up a little more and have him feel more comfortable.”

• Pettitte would be cleared for five innings or 80 pitches in his next rehab start.

• Phil Hughes is available out of the Yankees bullpen tonight. “Tonight and tonight only from what I understand,” Hughes said. If he doesn’t get in the game, Hughes will throw an extended bullpen tomorrow. If he does get in the game, Girardi said it will be to start an inning and he will not under any circumstances pitch more than one inning.

• Girardi on what was different the last time Javier Vazquez started compared to his strong outings out of the bullpen: “He just didn’t have quite the same command. His fastball was coming back a little bit. His fastball was much truer in his bullpen outings than it was the other day (as a starter).”

• Elvis Andrus is back in the lineup for the Rangers, his first game since Saturday. He’s been out with a hamstring injury. The Rangers also have Ian Kinsler back at second base. He was out the last time the Yankees were here.

RANGERS
Elvis Andrus SS
Michael Young
David Murphy LF
Vladimir Guerrero DH
Nelson Cruz RF
Ian Kinsler 2B
Mitch Moreland 1B
Bengie Molina C
Julio Borbon CF

Associated Press photos of Posada and Pettitte

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