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.”

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  • larryf

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

    • CBean

      He already put up career numbers this year!

  • vinny-b

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

  • adam b

    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

  • Yank the Frank

    Hip Hip Jorge!!

    • larryf

      actually it’s his knee :-)

      • Yank the Frank

        Knee, Knee, Jorge !!! Doesn’t work…

        • Colombo

          Knee, Knee, Georgie!!!!

          Fixed.

          • king of fruitless hypotheticals

            oh-so-reluctantly +100 for that :)

  • I am not the droids you’re looking for

    Huh. Maybe he reads RAB.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    Stars: aligning.

  • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

    “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.

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

      He’s not a camel.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        Urine fixes everything.

        Sincerely,
        Dr. Jorge Rafael Posada, M.D.

        • http://www.blogs.thetenthinningstretch.com the tenth inning stretch

          I thought that was Windex? My bad.

        • http://www.blogs.thetenthinningstretch.com the tenth inning stretch

          Posada must’ve gone to the Moises Alou School.

        • john

          lol

  • Hughesus Christo

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

    (OH SNAP)

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

      You hate Girardi, we get it, it’s old and it makes your posts virtually unreadable.

      • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

        That.

      • http://twitter.com/joero23 The Honorable Congressman Mondesi

        Also… I remember hearing that Girardi was really good about mentoring Posada and sharing time behind the plate with him. Either I’m remembering it wrong (entirely possible), or that joke doesn’t even make sense.

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

          Well, one time he

          (this is on purpose)

        • andypettitteisastartingpitcher

          I heard the same thing. And Girardi was a great on-field manager something Jorge doesn’t do was well as Joe did. I remember that Joe was a great mentor to Jorge.

          • http://twitter.com/tsjc68 tommiesmithjohncarlos a/k/a Ridiculous Upside the Elder

            Hughesus Christo never lets facts get in the way of a good anti-Girardi rant.

            • king of fruitless hypotheticals

              can i just hate girardi for being a better father than i am and leave it at that?

              If Cervelli got ‘exposed’ defensively, and I’m still not sure just how low the consensus is on his bat…what are the odds we rush Romine through and waste him as a backup?

  • Ed

    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?

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

      Because he’s a stubborn jackass who tears the team apart whenever he doesn’t get what he wants, obviously #sarcasm

    • andypettitteisastartingpitcher

      Because he has no sense of humor and hates Nick Swisher.

  • http://pda.88000.org/wallpapers/48/Pikachu_Dressed_as_Hitler.jpg Do Not Feed The Trolls!

    Praise Jesus!

  • andypettitteisastartingpitcher

    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.

    • larryf

      After Montero takes BP, there will be no competition.

      • All Praise Be To Mo

        But can he fist pump like Frankie?

        • larryf

          Good point.

        • CP

          Montero is just a lazy Venezuelan. There’s no way someone from Venezuela would fist pump like that.

          • Lulu

            FYI Cerveli is Venezuelan

            • Shaun

              He’s italian, raised in Venezuela there’s a difference

              • Poopy Pants

                Eh…not really. That’s like saying someone born in Japan and raised in America isn’t American, but Japanese. Kind of ignorant.