Just how bad is that shoulder, anyway?

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Jorge Posada is considering getting a cortisone shot for his sore throwing shoulder. The Yanks’ catcher say the effectiveness of such a shot would be about 50/50 though considering the source of the pain. I’m really starting to wonder just how badly Jorge’s shoulder is hurt. I think it’s more than the Yanks have let on so far.

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  • mustang

    ” I think it’s more than the Yanks have let on so far.”
    Your right about.

  • http://www.riveraveblues.com Mike A.

    They’re notorious for downplaying injuries; for whatever reason the Yanks feel the need to be very secretive about the health of their players. I hear Andrew Brackman is out with a reaaaaaally bad hangnail.

  • E-ROC

    I guess this means we’ll be seeing Moeller longer than expected.

  • http://justinyates.wordpress.com Yankee Psycho-fan-t

    Can we please just suck it up and put him on the DL if he’s not going to at least hit for us? He’s eating a valuable roster spot right now and it’s pissing me off. I don’t think he should get treated any different from your average injured player. If it’s going to take him time to get better, he should take that time and in the mean time let the Yankees put a fully functional line-up on the field. Ridiculous!

  • RockAesopRock

    The Yanks should never have resigned Posada, the dude is 36 how much longer was he going to be effective at catcher? At this point he is likely to become a albatross at DH for the Yankees. Even though I hate the Red Sox they have been much smarter about dealing with veteran players in the same position, like in 2004 when they didn’t sign Pedro cuz they knew he was over the hill.

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

      This is an idea I cannot at all endorse.

      1. Posada had no history of injury, and this isn’t, by all indications, an age-related problem.

      2. Who would you have catch if the Yanks don’t resign Posada?

      3. The Red Sox didn’t sign Pedro, but what about the rest of their aging players? And you can bet that Jason Varitek with that big red C on his chest will get a contract next winter that far exceeds what he will give back in terms of production.

    • E-ROC

      Posada was coming off a historic season. There was no way they could’ve let him walk. Nobody was out to replace his production. Who would you have catching, instead of Posada?

      Posada is aging quite well, given that he played another infield position before becoming a catcher.

      • http://msn.foxsports.com/mlb/story/8036612/Older-teams-may-find-problems-with-injuries- RockAesopRock

        It seems that Ken Rosenthal agrees with me.

  • AndrewYF

    “Even though I hate the Red Sox they have been much smarter about dealing with veteran players in the same position”

    And yet they have Coco Crisp, Julio Lugo, JD Drew, and Mike Lowell with inflated salaries. Damon, while a lot more expensive, has been hugely more productive than Crisp. They also let go Derek Lowe and Bronson Arroyo. They’re not exactly super-geniuses over there at Yawkey Way.

  • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com samiamsports

    I think it may be a little bit of a pride thing on both ends . Jorge doesn’t want to admit he is DL bound after receiving such a big payday and on the other side of things the yanx dont want to look silly after giving a huge payday to an aging catcher then in the beginning of the season dl him….we will see to what extent this injury is in the next few days and ultimately the decision must be made

    • Count Zero

      Very insightful.

      • http://www.samiamsports.blogspot.com samiamsports

        thank you

  • LETCASHMANWORK

    times like these i wish we had Frankie Cervelli.

    • keith

      This line of thinking is quite wrong. Cervelli didn’t even play in AA ball last year, you seriously think they would have called him up in April? Not a chance in hell.

  • Bob Saget

    But would Frankie Cervelli make that big of a difference over Chad Meoller? The big issue I have is making sure Molina stays healthy.

  • http://bleacherreport.com/users/11036-Ryan_Barry barry

    It’s probably just sore from the cold weather.

  • Count Zero

    Short of losing A-Rod, concurrent injuries to Posada and Molina was just about the worst thing that could happen to the Yankees.

    The solution needs to be dictated by what the timeframe is. If neither of those guys are going to be able to catch for 8 weeks, then we really have to go out and get someone. If one of them will be behind the plate in 3 or 4, then we just have to suck it up and hope we can play .500 ball over that period.

    My fear at this point is that Molina will be catching before Posada — I agree with your original post; they’re not talking because Posada’s situation is worse than they let on at first.

  • Adam

    Sure Cervilli is extremely unexperienced, but would he have been any worse offensively than Chad Moeller?

    To those crticizing the Red Sox signings of drew, lugo and crisp – uh, they did win the world series.

    Stop pretending that the Yanks are the only team that downplays injuries. That practice is common throughout baseball.

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

      Coco Crisp had absolutely nothing to do with the Red Sox’s winning the World Series. In fact, he was benched during the World Series.

  • Rich

    I think this news argues in favor of making sure that Molina’s hamstring is fully healed before he resumes playing. They don’t need two catchers with nagging injuries that linger all season long.