• Cashman Concerned About Posada & Rivera

    Posted by on January 16th, 2009 · Comments (4)

    Via Tyler Kepner -

    “Our catcher and closer are coming off shoulder surgeries,” Cashman said. “That’s what concerns me, and that’s what people should be focused on. Everything is coming along fine, but nobody usually has hiccups this early. Posada’s just throwing at 90 feet on flat ground and Mo’s not even throwing yet.”

    Posada will not be able to catch by the exhibition opener Feb. 25, Cashman said, but he is on track to be ready for the regular-season opener April 6. Rivera does not throw in January even when he is healthy, so his schedule is not alarming. But it is Cashman’s job to fret.

    “Mo’s surgery wasn’t as serious as Posada’s,” Cashman said. “But it’s still shoulder surgery.”

    So, would it not make sense to have a semi-decent “Plan B” to address both catcher and closer in case Jorge or Mo can’t answer the bell? Or, are the Yankees fine giving 300+ Plate Appearances to Jose Molina and asking Brian Bruney to close?

    Comments on Cashman Concerned About Posada & Rivera

    1. Raf
      January 17th, 2009 | 12:20 am

      Gregg Zaun signed with the O’s… So much for that. As for Rivera, if he falters, I guess Marte’s your closer. Then again, they may wind up putting Chamberlain back in the bullpen. There are so many ways to go, WRT pitching staff.

      Anyway, both players played at such a high level that they will be missed if they miss significant time.

    2. ken
      January 17th, 2009 | 10:24 am

      There’s no doubt in my mind that Joba is the closer of the future and the Yanks know it. Maybe it will have to be accelerated if circumstances require. Also, there is nothing wrong with using him in the starting rotation so long as a quality starter is needed there as well.

      I would not keep moving him back and forth, but he is still young enough to make another switch or two.

    3. clintfsu813
      January 17th, 2009 | 10:54 am

      Theres no doubt in MY mind that Joba is our future 20 game winner. See, Fenway 1-0.

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