Jorge Posada will not catch A.J. Burnett
Jorge Posada has been told that he will not be catching when A.J. Burnett starts for the Yankees in either Game 2 or Game 3 of the American League Division Series. Posada said he was pulled aside by manager Joe Girardi on Sunday with the decision.
“It’s not like I didn’t see it coming,” Posada said.
Molina has caught Burnett’s last six starts, and he has fared 3-1 with a 2.92 ERA over that span. Posada last received Burnett on Sept. 1 at Baltimore, when the right-hander allowed six runs on 11 hits in 5 1/3 innings, taking a no-decision in New York’s 9-6 victory.
Asked what pitchers like Burnett like about throwing to him, Molina quipped, “Big target?”
“I really have no idea,” Molina said. “I just call the game the way the reports say, what hitters like to do. Plus I like to talk to the pitchers a lot. Maybe that’s what they like.”
Opponents are hitting .221 off Burnett with Molina behind the plate, compared to .270 with Posada back there. Posada said that he does not know if he’ll play in that game at all, saying, “[Hideki] Matsui’s our DH,” and he did not seem pleased with the decision.
“I just hope we win that game,” Posada said. “That’s all I have to say.”