Nov
10

Posada set for meniscus surgery of his own, DH spot

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Jorge Posada, the Yanks’ incumbent catcher, will have surgery today to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee, The Times reported this morning. The Yankees determined yesterday that Posada needed the operation, and while the team expects a speedy recovery, as Michael S. Schmidt writes, “it underlines the age issues that the Yankees have to confront with Posada.”

Beyond the meniscus surgery, though, Schmidt’s story is intriguing as it sheds some light on the Yanks’ catching situation. Yanks GM Brian Cashman has told Posada that he will be competing with Jesus Montero in Spring Training for the starting job and, as one source said, “should prepare to DH a lot…Posada said great and he was willing to do it. He was happy to know what the situation is.” Many Yankee-watchers had predicted that Posada would not respond well to this news, but as Moshe Mandel said to me last night, “It’s almost like he’s a professional who is being paid a lot of money to help the team, and knows he is getting old to catch.”

Categories : Asides, Injuries

37 Comments»

  1. larryf says:

    Once that meniscus is fixed Jorge should have the green light on the bases and challenge Gardner for most stolen bases…

  2. vinny-b says:

    it is in his best interest to DH. The longer his career, the more numbers he puts up with the bat.

  3. adam b says:

    Ben… don’t know if you heard and if 300000 people already told you then my bad… but you got a little shout out on boomer and carton this morning

  4. Yank the Frank says:

    Hip Hip Jorge!!

  5. I am not the droids you're looking for says:

    Huh. Maybe he reads RAB.

  6. “Jorge Posada, the Yanks’ incumbent catcher, will have surgery pee on his leg today to fix a torn meniscus in his left knee, The Times reported this morning.”

    Fixed.

  7. Hughesus Christo says:

    Posada won’t be an a-hole to his successor, like our manager was to him…

    (OH SNAP)

  8. Ed says:

    Not sure why anyone is surprised that Posada is ok with this. During the ’09 season he regularly acknowledged that his body couldn’t handle catching as often as he used to. After the long list of minor injuries this season, I’m sure that Posada is aware that his body isn’t taking the abuse of catching very well anymore. His contract is guaranteed, and I think he knows that he’s not going to be the starting catcher in ’12 no matter what, so why fight it?

  9. andypettitteisastartingpitcher says:

    CBS 880 reported this morning that Montero and Cervelli were competing out of spring training for the starting catcher position and Jorge is going to mentor whoever gets the job. That makes more sense than Jorge competing for anything.

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