Apr
17

Jorge is a no-go tonight

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As of yesterday evening shortly before game-time, Yanks’ manager Joe Girardi said that Jorge Posada is not quite ready to resume his catching duties. Posada, filling in as the DH recently, made a series of 40 throws from around 150 feet, Ed Price reported, but his shoulder is still not up to par. The Yankees can afford to take their time with Posada. A healthy shoulder later on is much more important, and we can deal with Chad Moeller for a few more days.

Categories : Asides, Injuries
  • Dave

    So, when Posada and/or Molina are able to go, what happens to Moeller? Can he be sent back to SWB, or because he’s be around long enough do the Yankees have to pass him through waivers? Can he decline reassignment even if no other team picks him up? (although I have to think that some team will take a flier on him if he keeps up his mini-hot streak, given that BUC is a crap shoot as it is…)

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Ben K.

      Per Mike:

      He’s got 5+ years of service time so he can’t be sent to the minors without his consent.

      I imagine he’s out of options, so they’d have to pass him through waivers unless he agreed to an option when signing, which I bet he did.

  • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

    Max Kellerman (who is great, not only because he’s a sabermatician but because he’s just a smart dude) made an interesting note today. He said Chad Moeller coming up was considered a good hitting prospect but he just didn’t have the body that could catch everyday so therefore his hitting suffered. For examples he used Johnny Bench, Mike Piazza and our very own Jorge Posada saying if those guys played different positions that they would be that much better offensively than they were/are.

    That makes sense but then again I have no idea about Chad Moeller when he was younger so I can’t say if he’s right or not.

  • Rich

    The tear in Posada’s shoulder is probably going to be a problem all season. I really wish they’d consider working out Matsui at 1B so Posada can DH and only Giambi would be affected (unless he starts hitting).

    btw, Not a fan of Kellerman because he oversells his knowledge.

  • tom yf

    “The Yankees can afford to take their time with Posada. A healthy shoulder later on is much more important, and we can deal with Chad Moeller for a few more days.”

    I agree, but I wonder what we’d be saying had we not been blessed with a week of fluky backup catcher production.

    (First time commenting here, I think; love the blog, keep it up!)

    • Rob_in_CT

      It’s true. Had Chad Moeller (and Jose Molina before him) actually hit like Chad Moeller (and Jose Molina had hit like Jose Molina), we’d be freaking out.

      Hurray for the upside of small sample size flukes!

  • Todd

    I’d actually think that Posada might be a better first baseman than Matsui if it came to that, assuming his arm could handle a bit of throwing.

    And, Tom, I think you are right, but we should just be happy about it — I don’t think even Posada will hit this well when he is back!

  • E-ROC

    Put Posada at first. Matsui DHing while Moeller and Molina catch. Hey, maybe somebody will take Giambi off our hands. Probably just wishful thinking.

  • E-ROC

    LOL, Joel Sherman is still crying about Joba making the transition to the starter at midseason. This guy is never going to give this up. Ever!

    • http://www.myspace.com/j_panama Jamal G.

      What’s even more mediotic is the fact that these Joba-to-the-bullpen supporters are out in full force a day after the Joba-less pen did wonders to stifle a Red Sox lineup that scored 9 runs in five fucking innings.

      • Rob_in_CT

        Imagine the first time Joba-the-starter struggles. Oy.

        • mustang

          I’m already working on the JOBA-TO-THE-BULLPEN signs and T-shirts.
          Want to help. LOL

          • http://yankeesetc.blogspot.com/ Travis G.

            i’ll help make ‘Joba-the-starter’ shirts.

      • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

        Wang gave up eight of those nine runs…

        • http://www.workwithpete.com Pete

          meaning you’re right, of course. ;-)