Via George King -
Jorge Posada and the Yankees confirmed what was reported in today’s Post: The All Star catcher needs right shoulder surgery that will require six months to recover from but wants to see if two weeks of rest will allow him to help as a DH/first baseman.
“I have 15 days to make a decision and there’s no reason not to take the full 15. It’s worse now than it was and that’s the concern,” Posada said today. “It’s a labrum, that much we know. It doesn’t hurt when I hit, but it is restrictive, especially left handed because that’s my lead hand.”
Posada is willing to miss the start of next season in order to contribute this year despite not being able to catch.
“When I have the surgery it’ll be six months. So if I can come back this year and play, it means I’ll miss the first part of next year,” Posada said. “That would be my preference. Right now, I know I can’t catch. And right now this is nothing to do with me any more, it’s about what’s best for the team. I’m just hopeful at the end of the two weeks I’ll be in a position where I can play.”
A blog item on the Journal News (Westchester) web site as well as LoHud.com that accused Yankees president Randy Levine of forcing Posada to play in order to get something back on the four-year, $52.4 million investment was scoffed at by Levine.
“It’s a silly story,” Levine said. “(The writer) should have called me first then he would have known it was nonsense. We make our decisions on medical reports.”
…It’s worse now than it was and that’s the concern…
…When I have the surgery it’ll be six months. So if I can come back this year and play, it means I’ll miss the first part of next year. That would be my preference…
Is it just me, or, is this crazy? It hasn’t gotten better for Jorge – just worse – by his own words. So, why try and play this year? What’s so important about this season that he’s willing to punt part of next season? The Yankee have basically played most of the year without him. What’s another two months?
Randy Levine can say what he wants…but, it seems like something (or someone) is pushing Posada to try and play this season…when it makes no sense (based on his lack of progress) and it would also then spill into next season too. This is all very strange…