Posada: Keep Joba in the bullpen
Jorge Posada taped a YES ‘CenterStage’ this morning in New York and was into the ‘Hit and Run’ word association segment with host Michael Kay when the name Joba Chamberlain came up. Posada’s immediate response was very telling: “Keep him in the bullpen.”
Pressed for a follow-up, Posada explained, “If you start him for 200 innings, he’s not going to be able to. You’re going to lose him. He’s going to get hurt. I don’t see him as a starter.”
Posada said he expects to be catching on Opening Day at the new Stadium, not playing first base or DHing. He also called for the Yankees to acquire one or two of the
top-flight free agent starting pitchers on the market — hello, CC
Sabathia and A.J. Burnett … and toss Ben Sheets into the conversation as well.
“Let’s get the pitching first and then fill in the holes,” Posada told Kay. “With the lineup we have, if we get a five-man rotation, we’ll be fine.”
The full episode airs on Sept. 28 after the Yankees’ final regular season game.
The Yankees have not officially decided what they’ll do with Chamberlain in 2009, but if the plan is to make him a starter — and the organization has repeatedly said that’s how they see him — he will have to follow a program much like he did in 2008 and transition into the rotation at midseason.