The line of media outside the Yankees clubhouse tonight looked like a playoff game. I was expecting a strange situation, but it was beyond that.
Jorge Posada said he couldn’t play tonight. He said the reason as a combination of a stiff back and the need to clear his mind. He said the back injury was not significant, but still indicated that it was bad enough that he might have been more seriously injured had he tried to play. He said the back was the reason he sat out, but still talked about the need to clear his head of all the frustration from this season.
Joe Girardi said he only learned of the sore back while he was watching the game from his office after his ejection. Girardi said the pregame conversation with Posada was was extremely short, and Girardi didn’t ask any questions because if Posada needed a day off, Girardi needed to quickly move on to another options.
“I just sensed that he was frustrated,” Girardi said.
Posada was also clearly upset with Brian Cashman for discussing the situation during the game.
I’ll have more later. For now, here’s Posada speaking after the game.