Jun
02

Jorge returns to the lineup

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Photo credit: Peter Morgan/AP

On May 19th, we heard the bad news. Jorge Posada might miss three to four weeks with a fracture in his foot. That wouldn’t sound good for any player, and it stung extra hard for a catcher in his late 30s. Three to four weeks? Might as well take the long on that one.

Yet Posada was determined to get back early. “I don’t need no four to six weeks,” he said before taking batting practice over the weekend. It was strange in the first place to hear about Posada not only taking batting practice, but also running sprints on the field so soon after the injury. Not even two weeks later, just a few days after removing the boot that protected his foot, he wanted back in the lineup.

Yesterday was a long shot. Clearly, if Posada wanted to return early he’d have to slide into the DH slot. The foot injury isn’t so much a concern for his hitting, or even his running. The big concern lies in his ability to squat for more than an hour a night. With the lefty Matusz going last night, Marcus Thames would undoubtedly serve as the DH. But tonight, with the righty Brad Bergesen on the mound, Thames will sit. Posada, it turns out, will get his first swings in just over two weeks.

Just over two weeks. It’s pretty crazy when you think about it. It’s not that Jorge’s a slow healer. We know he works back from injuries pretty quickly. Hell, he hadn’t even hit the disabled list until his shoulder pain became unbearable in 2008. But a foot fracture sounds serious. It certainly sounds like something that would take more than two weeks to heal. Yet here’s Jorge, back after spending just 16 days on the DL. One more than the minimum.

The Yanks will have to make a corresponding move, but don’t expect them to DFA Chad Moeller. As The Journal News reports, Posada himself expects the Yankees to carry three catchers for a bit. This makes sense. Jorge hasn’t done any catching since the injury, and he likely won’t do any for quite another few days, maybe even a week. Again, the concern is with his ability to squat and put pressure on the foot for an entire game. The goal with this move is to get his bat back into the lineup. For the next week, it appears he’ll serve as an upgrade to Juan Miranda, who is almost certainly en route to Scranton.

With the minor injuries he’s sustained this season, it feels like Jorge has been gone longer than two weeks. At the same time, it feels like he hasn’t been gone long at all. Two weeks for a foot fracture? Seems like nothing. In any case, it will be a joy to see him back in the lineup, hitting sixth. Whether it feels like he’s been gone for a while or he’s just left, it’s always a plus to get a boost from his bat.

Categories : Offense
  • Dick Whitman

    Jorge was raking until the injury. Hopefully he picks up right where he left off.

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      This is an excellent commenting handle.

      • Lee Garner, Jr.

        Is it for the Mad Men reference or the former baseball player?

  • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

    So now the lineup’s back to full strength with Cervelli’s replacing Nick Johnson on days Posada DHs. That’s a pretty damn good lineup.

    • Sweet Dick Willie

      That’s a pretty damn good lineup.

      True. However, going from NJ to Cervelli is a HUGE drop-off, SSS notwithstanding.

    • Tampa Yankee

      Then once Jorge can catch on a regular basis the lineups goes like this…
      vs. LHP
      Jeter SS
      Swisher RF
      Teixeira 1B
      Rodriguez 3B
      Cano 2B
      Posada C
      Thames DH
      Granderson CF
      Gardner LF

      vs. RHP
      Jeter SS
      Granderson CF
      Teixeira 1B
      Rodriguez 3B
      Cano 2B
      Posada C
      Swisher RF
      Miranda DH
      Gardner LF

      Yes? No?

      • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

        Probably. Joe thinks Miranda is getting sent down for now. They could recall him when they don’t need three catchers.

        • Tampa Yankee

          I believe so too re: 3 catchers. You do have to admit that both those lineups may not be our A+ lineup but are still A lineups at worst. With TB’s pitching coming back to earth and their lineup struggling, the Yanks have a good shot at catching them with the schedule the have over the next couple weeks.

          • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

            You do have to admit that both those lineups may not be our A+ lineup but are still A lineups at worst.

            Don’t forget though that Cervelli’s defense trumps Posada’s too. I’d rather have Nick Johnson back, but those are lineups for which most teams would kill.

  • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

    We missed you Jorge!

  • Tampa Yankee

    I definitely think keeping 3 catchers for the next week or so is a good to ease Jorge back in. Therefore sending Miranda down makes the most sense because Jorge will be basically replacing him in the lineup vs. RHP then once he’s good to catch on a more often, DFA Moeller, hope he returns and bring Miranda back up.

  • Templeton “Brendog” Peck

    is it just me or has miranda been doing really well so far? i hope he comes back up soon

    • MikeD

      He’s only hitting .217 with a .294 OBP. He has shown some power, though, with a couple of homers and five of his six hits for extra bases. I’d be curious to know his minor league splits on how he hits righties. I platoon of Thames and Miranda might be okay until NJ returns, but I’m guessing Miranda gets sent back to AAA until Posada can catch.

  • Tampa Yankee

    One thing that might complicate things is what Chad Jennings just brought up:
    “Why the wait? I can only guess that they want to make sure both Posada and Mark Teixeira are well enough to play. Teixeira’s status might — again, just guessing — determine whether Juan Miranda stays.”
    If Tex needs to sit today or for a couple more days, what’s the move they make? Send Russo down and then when Tex is healthy send down Miranda and bring up Golson for the 4th OF since Russo will need to be down there for 10 days?

    • http://www.riveraveblues.com Joseph Pawlikowski

      Tex is in the lineup tonight, so all’s well on that front. But even if he wasn’t, I’d rather have Swish at 1B and Russo in the OF. Having a 4th OF that can play the field > having a backup 1B when there’s already a backup 1B on the roster.

      • Tampa Yankee

        You know what, I completely missed the post below the one where I took that quote that clearly states… “Tex and Posada in the lineup”. LOL… me fail! Time to go home a crack open a beer!

        • vin

          You’re not alone. I didn’t realize Tex was in the lineup. Let Swisher backup 1B, and Thames/Russo/Pena can fill in for Swish in RF if the need arises. Then when Moeller is ready to go, Miranda can be brought back up.

    • vin

      “If Tex needs to sit today or for a couple more days, what’s the move they make? Send Russo down and then when Tex is healthy send down Miranda and bring up Golson for the 4th OF since Russo will need to be down there for 10 days?”

      Hmmm…

      I just typed 3 responses trying to figure out what I would do. Only to come to (mostly) the same conclusion as you.

      Send down Russo
      Activate Posada (Bench = Miranda, Thames [backup OFer], Pena, Moeller)
      When Posada is ready to resume catching, dump Moeller:
      recall Golson 10 days
      Bench is back to normal: Miranda/Thames [non DH], Russo, Pena, Cervelli

  • YankeesJunkie

    Just having Jorge’s bat back in the lineup is good news for Yankees hopefully he can stay healthy for the rest of the season because he really adds depth to the lineup.

  • thurdonpaul

    i like having jorge back, but im surprised he didnt do any re-hab games.

  • J.R.

    I just hope that he isn’t trying to push it too much. Losing him for another 2+ weeks would be terrible.

  • http://janeheller.mlblogs.com/yank_c.jpg T-Dubs

    wow, those Jorge comments about accepting his future as a DH were a little surprising. Not that we all weren’t thinking it, but I never thought I’d hear Jorge say it!

    http://yankees.lhblogs.com/201.....ted-to-dh/

    • yoo-boo

      yeah. He is a team player. No wonder he and Jeter are pals.

  • yoo-boo

    fuck… Miranda is optioned. what a bad management. fuck..

    Heathcott replaces Milo, who is on DL, in Charleston.

    • http://youcantpredictbaseball.wordpress.com/ bexarama

      Why is it bad management oh wise one

      • yoo-boo

        I dont understand.

  • phughesisgod

    I expect that for now on, Cervelli will be the starting catcher while Posada will be the starting DH and backup to Cervelli. We dont know whats going on with Nick Johnson, but I expect for the foreseeable future, that is what we will see, with Moeller getting a good amount of time as well. Next season, I think we’ll see Posada as a strict DH who can catch from time to time, with Cervelli serving as the starter along with a backup(as of now, I think Montero will stay in AAA next year).

  • J.R.

    Miranda did just get sent down.

  • Jammy Jammers

    I certainly hope he juices one!!!