Posada, Girardi not concerned about sore shoulder

Spring Training Game Thread: Joba takes on the Twinkies
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As you probably already know, Jorge Posada was scratched from today’s game because of some discomfort in his shoulder, which according to Kat O’Brien occured when he was doing pregame stretches on Thursday. Posada played through the soreness the past two days – going 4-for-5 with a double and a homer – but the Yanks took him out of the lineup as a precaution after he told them about the pain today. Both Posada and Joe Girardi said they weren’t concerned and that was a normal part of rehab, but still. You have to be a little worried, right?

Spring Training Game Thread: Joba takes on the Twinkies
Open Thread: Juan Cruz signs, finally
  • GG

    Bengie Molina would be the ideal move as hes not a young cost friendly stud who would cost a shit ton to the Yanks. His brother plus what would get the job done? Pretend his brother has to be a part of it to open up the roster spot.

    • Steve H

      A little early for that.

      And the Giants expect to be contenders this year, they’re not trading Bengie unless they are overwhelmed, or think Sandoval can handle catching. They might trade him at the break if they are out of it, but they didn’t spend this offseason to trade away important pieces of their team.

      • GG

        No, I know your right on all counts, but Cash needs to keep in touch with them about him as were not gonna spend the chips to go after a guy like teagarden this summer I dont think. Bengie would be the move, even if Jorge is healthy. Whats the deal with Buster Posey isnt he coming up? He would make Bengie expendable midseason if it saved the club a couple mill.

    • Expired Milk

      But then who would hit cleanup for the Giants?

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Speaking of the Giants, can you believe they signed Lincecum for $625 K? Seems like chump change!

      • Expired Milk

        Its his first year of arb.He will get his money sooner or later. Once he hits the market its 20m a year easy.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          He’s gonna kill himself one of these days with an injury, but until he does I’ll oggle.

          • Expired Milk

            How so? His mechanics are just about perfect.Gets 96mph out of that 170lb frame without over exerting himself.I suggest you google him instead of oggle :).

            • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

              He’s just sooo tiny. I can’t believe it’s physically possible for him to sustain that force!

              Hence, the oggling!

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

        $625k is actually generous considering they could have renewed him for the minimum. When a guy has 0-3 years of service time, that’s when the teams have the advantage. After that, the players take them to the cleaners.

        • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

          Ahhh, I see. Have to brush up on my arbitration knowledge.

  • http://www.retire21.org Mike R. – Retire 21

    Posada + Pain + Shoulder = Scary

    No matter how you spin it.

  • Mattingly’s Love Child

    I’m concerned. This was one of every Yankee fan’s biggest fears going into the spring. We can all hope it is nothing, but it was already a worry, and now it’s a bigger worry….

  • Babe’s Ghost

    WTF?

    I wasn’t thinking,” Posada said. “I grabbed a bat and go back all the way, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. I felt it in the shoulder. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do it. I kept playing, and there was nothing wrong.” Posada demonstrated his stretching motion, with an imaginary bat behind his head.

    So the most important player in rehab didn’t have that spelled out to him? Sounds to me like a failure to plan. I’m shocked.

    FWIW I would argue Po is more important than Mo, on a winshare basis (an average of 22.5 vs 14 between 2004 and 2007) and also because as amazingly great as Mo is, the drop off from him to the rest of the bullpen isn’t nearly as great as the drop off from Po to Molina/Cash.

    • http://www.puristbleedspinstripes.com Rebecca-Optimist Prime

      Well, that an the fact that Mo’s value is dependent on the rest of the team doing well. If the Yankees are playing like shit, you’re not gonna see a whole lotta Mo

    • anonymous

      As far as the post season goes Mo is more important. If we suddenly lost our closer its alot worse then losing a bat in the lineup.

    • http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/CRsmithT1.jpg tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside

      So the most important player in rehab didn’t have that spelled out to him? Sounds to me like a failure to plan. I’m shocked.

      Dude, HE PEES ON HIS HANDS TO TOUGHEN THEM UP. They might have told him to take it easy and he just disregarded them because he’s a dumb-ass.

      • Drew

        Who doesn’t pee on their hands to toughen em up?

  • Rich

    Again, don’t let him throw in the cold weather in April.

  • http://evilempire20.com Ryan S.

    I dunno, I’m not too worried yet to be honest. This report doesn’t seem to have the same funky smell than what the initial Santana elbow injury had, for example.

  • GG

    Just had an idea which I think might be low cost and have some potential value: Josh Willingham – Unless I’m mistaken, he has caught before and has also proven he can hit at the ML level. I think he’d be a nice insurance policy for behind the dish. When the Nats traded for him, Dunn wasnt yet in the fold, and now Willingham who came over in that deal with Scott Olsen is probablly an extra part. They would trade him for some added pitching depth I bet.

  • Joe R

    How do you pay Farnsworth more than Juan Cruz :o

    • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

      The same way you get hired be KC ;)

      • http://www.myspace.com/sloanbruno69 Bruno

        *by

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