Posada: “I want to find out”
Cleveland played host to the breaking point for Jorge Posada, always one of the most blunt Yankees and the most likely to speak his mind on any given topic. When he tried to throw and his right shoulder told him no this afternoon, Posada said that enough was enough — he’s convinced the diagnosis of a strain is incorrect, and he intends to find out just what is wrong with his throwing arm.
Say what you will to paint a rosy picture, but very few people ever walk into Dr. James Andrews’ office without the world’s most noted orthopedic surgeon finding something he can clean up.
In the short term, of course, this hurts the Yankees. Jose Molina has been a wonderful backup since he came over in July, but he isn’t the type of player who you’d ever give a four-year, $52.4 million deal to. Therein lies the important part — the Yankees need to be able to see the forest from the trees here, and understand that they don’t want to be stuck with a catcher who can’t catch (and reacts like he gulped a gallon of lemon juice when you bring up first base) in Years 2, 3 and 4.
Does that look like a bad investment now? Let’s Monday morning quarterback for a bit and say perhaps, but flash back, and the Yankees knew they were going to need Posada back. To do that, they were going to have to overpay for him after a 2007 season when he, and arguably not Alex Rodriguez, was the team’s most indispensable player. To lose Posada for an extended period of time could have crushed the ’07 Yankees.
Now they’ve lost Posada for at least 15 days. I suspect it’ll be longer than that.