Via the Times -
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada said the new soreness in his surgically repaired right shoulder was nothing to worry about.
But there was enough concern within the Yankees’ medical staff for Manager Joe Girardi to scratch Posada from the lineup for Saturday’s exhibition game against the Minnesota Twins at Steinbrenner Field and rest him until further notice.
“I guess it’s good that it’s now than later,” Posada said. “Take two or three days, just get the strength back.”
Girardi described Posada’s shoulder as “a little, little, little sore.”
“Minuscule weakness,” he added. “He wanted to play. We said: ‘You’re not playing. It’s too early in the process.’ He’s on the watch list. We want to get that little irritation out of there.”
Accounts of the injury differed slightly between the manager and the player. Girardi said Posada woke up Saturday morning with a little soreness. Posada said he hurt it Thursday in the on-deck circle while stretching before his first at-bat in his first exhibition game.
“I wasn’t thinking,” Posada said. “I grabbed a bat and go back all the way, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. I felt it in the shoulder. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do it. I kept playing, and there was nothing wrong.”
Posada has thrown on the side without pain and said it did not hurt to swing or hit in games. But he said he came to the ballpark on Saturday and reported the problem to the Yankees’ head trainer, Gene Monahan, who brought in Dr. Christopher Ahmad for further examination.
“I said, ‘Geno, my shoulder is sore,’ ” Posada said. “He said, ‘Usually sore?’ and I said, ‘Just a little bit more.’ ”
Posada said he would not have X-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging test. Girardi said Posada was still on schedule to catch for the first time on March 15 here against Minnesota.
“I could play with it,” Posada said of the soreness. “It doesn’t hurt me to throw and it doesn’t hurt me to hit. Just the shoulder is sore.”
At this point, I think you can throw out everything being said about this news – both good and bad. If this situation is still an issue two weeks from now, then the Yankees may just have a big problem on their hands. However, for now, it’s wait and see – and check back on March 15th and examine where Posada is at that time.