“It looks like he (A-rod) could possibly start a game Friday as the DH and then go from there. Hopefully, he’ll play the field on Saturday and we’ll see where he’s at.”
That is good news for the Yankees, who have gone 18-10 since A-rod had knee surgery back on July 14th. Still, a player of A-rod’s caliber makes any line-up better and any team would welcome him with open arms.
And if history serves, A-rod usually comes off the DL swinging. He could offer that extra bang that the Yankees did not acquire at the trade deadline, by no fault of their own.
So, with A-rod aiming to return next week, Girardi and GM Brian Cashman have a critical decision to make about who will be sent packing.
With the Yankees already carrying the max number of players (25) allowed on a MLB roster, A-rod is one guy to many so someone will be sent packing to allow the three-time MVP to be activated again.
So, who should start packing?
RHP Hector Noesi
RHP Luis Ayala
RHP Cory Wade
One of the above relievers will be heading to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre next week. It makes sense, as the Yankees are flooded with righties in the bullpen. Also, with Girardi manning a six-man starting rotation there is no other option.
Adding the extra starter is a genius move by Girardi, as it gives guys like Bartolo Colon and Freddy Garcia an extra day of rest cause lord knows the Yankees need these veterans to stay healthy down the stretch. If Girardi has not been in the Manager of the Year discussion, he should be now. No joke.
My guess is that 24-year old rookie Hector Noesi is the front-runner. Noesi is really a starter and it would be wise to stretch him out for when his services are needed in the Bronx in late September. Also, the Triple AAA squad needs help defending their division title run, something they have not given up since 2006.
HONORABLE MENTION: Jorge Posada was told earlier this week that his talents would best serve the team from the bench. This is sad but not surprising and Posada admitted that he put himself in this hole. Some have the opinion that Posada should volunteer his spot, but this is such a delicate situation that even the media vultures should treat it so. Filip Bondy from the NY Daily News thinks that Posada should have been the back-up catcher for Martin from the get-go.
So, do I think that Jorge should ask to be released? Do you think Posada is wasting space?
No because a veteran with Posada’s resume is never a waste and some loyalty has been well-earned. Also, the media frenzy it would cause even if Posada left on his own accord would be a total distraction in the clubhouse.
I can safely say that Posada’s presence is well received by his teammates and fans, no matter if he is behind the plate, at first base or on the bench. My guess is that Hip-Hip-Jorge…. will be chanted again sometime this season.
- Jorge Posada Benched: Yankees Catcher Says ‘It’s Very Disappointing’ (huffingtonpost.com)
- New York Yankees Bench Jorge Posada; Eric Chavez New DH (bleacherreport.com)
- Girardi benches slumping Yankees DH Posada (espn.go.com)
- MLB: New York Yankees Joe Girardi Will Embarrass Jorge Posada Even More (bleacherreport.com)
- Girardi benches slumping Posada, perhaps for a while (sportsillustrated.cnn.com)
- A-Rod Takes Key Step In Rehab; Yankees’ Girardi Says Return Next Week ‘Is Realistic’ (newyork.cbslocal.com)
- Jorge Posada taken out of lineup (theglobeandmail.com)
- New York Yankees: Alex Rodriguez Injury Revealed (ladylovespinstripes.com)