New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada will undergo season-ending surgery on his right shoulder.
Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he met Monday with Posada, who was in “100 percent agreement” to the surgery. Cashman said Dr. David Altchek will handle the procedure. A specific date for the surgery hasn’t been set.
Earlier, Posada wanted to see if he could continue playing this season as a first baseman or designated hitter because the injury to his right labrum didn’t affect his swing.
Therefore, the Yankees waited to decide on surgery for Posada until they had another bat in the lineup. On Saturday, they acquired outfielder Xavier Nady and pitcher Damaso Marte from the Pittsburgh Pirates.
“The reason we were going through the process is we didn’t have someone to slide right in there as a hitter and now we do with Xavier Nady,” Cashman said. “It gives us the opportunity to move forward with Jorge.”
A five-time All-Star, Posada is expected to need about six months to recover from surgery.
“He was willing to do what we wanted and there was a need,” Cashman said. “He was delaying the surgery for that need,” Cashman said.
Now that we have a hitter, I think this was predictable.”
Best of luck ‘Sado. See ya next year.