Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Posada's injury hurts Yanks (again)

You can say whatever you want about Phil Hughes last night and Jerry Meals' strike zone or lack thereof, but that is not the biggest issue from last night's game.

As you probably saw (well, if you stayed up), Jorge Posada re-injured his hamstring sliding into second and it's bad enough that he's already going for an MRI today (considering how the Yankees like to delay these things).

If we learned anything last year, it's that the Yankees can't survive without Posada's bat for an extended period of time, and yet this looks exactly like what will happen.

José Molina is a great back up (discounting last night), but he turns into a .200 hitter when playing every day.

The only other catcher on the 40-man is Francisco Cervelli, and he's hitting under the Mendoza line...at AA Trenton.

Cervelli will probably be called up for today's game, but I imagine if Posada's gone for anything longer than a couple of weeks, we'll see the Yankees attempt to make a move.

I have no clue as to who's on the market; they would, I imagine, try to find someone they can sign short term. It's a hard decision to make because, unlike last season, we do not yet know if Posada will miss the rest of the season. I should stress, if it's a similar injury to Hughes in '07, he could be out until August at least quite a while (sorry, forgot about the ankle there)--and given the age difference, probably longer.

The good news, of course, is that the Yankees should get Alex Rodriguez back fairly soon, but there is very big cause for concern here.

Edit, 2.31 PM: Jorge Posada has indeed been placed on the 15 day DL.