Everyone seems to agree on the meeting itself. It was short and light on details. Jorge Posada went into Joe Girardi’s office about an hour before first pitch and said he couldn’t play. Posada did not tell Girardi his back was hurt, he simply said he could not play.
“This conversation didn’t take place three or four hours before the game,” Girardi said. “That’s part of the issue. I have to go make changes. I have to tell people that they’re in the lineup. It’s final preparation for a game. We have to get lineup cards out. It was a late conversation.”
That much is clear. Everything else is kind of a mess.
Posada said his back was stiff and he saw a chiropractor. Girardi said he only heard about the back through a television report, and Posada did not mention it to him “at any point.” Brian Cashman said there was no injury and the Yankees team doctors are still not aware of a back problem.
Posada said before the game that he understood the decision to drop him in the lineup — and Girardi talked to him about it one-on-one before the lineup was posted — but after the game, Posada said he needed to clear his head. He said he felt “a little bit” disrespected, without going into detail about exactly why. He said he was upset with Cashman for talking about the injury during the game, but Cashman said Posada and his agents were well aware that he was going to address it.
Posada said the injury was bad enough that he wouldn’t have played today even if he were hitting over .300, but he also called the injury an excuse. “As soon as I wasn’t able to play I took that and used it as an excuse of coming out of the game,” he said.
It’s impossible to be in Posada’s head, but in the end, this entire episode — the injury, the decision to sit, the anger at Cashman — seems to have more to do with frustration than anything else.
“Players go through difficult times in this game,” Girardi said. “We all do. Sometimes we need days to clear our head and just to take a deep breath. I’ve been there. I’ve been through struggles. And this season has been a struggle for Jorge. It has been. He has tried to fight through it and today he just felt like he needed a day.”
Here’s Girardi’s postgame.
• Posada laughed off a question about whether he was considering retirement.
• Girardi did not commit to anything regarding Posada being in or out of the lineup tomorrow.
• Girardi answered one question about the game during his postgame press conference. Everything else was about Posada. “I thought CC pitched a good game,” Girardi said. “I didn’t like the call to Jason Varitek. I thought Mike’s zone, he called some low strikes on us, and I thought that was a pivotal point of the game and it changed the complexion of the game.”
• Sabathia entered this game 3-0 with a 0.91 ERA against Boston at Yankee Stadium. He lost for the sixth time in 40 career starts in the Bronx, including the postseason.
• Sabathia had not allowed an extra-base hit to a lefty this season before tonight’s game.
• Curtis Granderson has more than one hit in five of his last eight games.
• The Yankees were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position. They’re 5-for-39 with runners in scoring position the past four games. They have not had a runner reach third base in either of their two games against Josh Beckett this season.
• Making his first Double-A start of the year, Carlos Silva allowed three hits and no walks through six innings tonight. He struck out six and allowed one run, unearned.
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