Via Mark Feinsand -
The Yankees’ lineup took a bit hit Tuesday when catcher Jorge Posada was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring.
Posada suffered the injury Monday night while sliding in the sixth inning. He left the game in the eighth for a pinch-hitter. Francisco Cervelli was recalled from Double-A Trenton to replace Posada on the active roster. He will wear No. 29.
The Yankees have not announced a timetable for Posada’s return.
I would not be shocked if Posada is out until the beginning of July.
Think about it. Say he needs four weeks to heal. (It seems like a lot, but, hammy’s are tricky. You need it to heal, 100%, because, if you don’t, it’s easy to aggravate.) That brings you to June 2nd. After healing – meaning no activity – then he’ll need time to rehab and get his timing down, etc. That should be at least two weeks (if not more). Let’s say it’s three weeks. That brings you to June 23rd. Then, of course, you have the Yankees factor of not wanting to rush a guy…so, add another week. That brings you to June 30th.
Two months without Posada with Jose Molina replacing him? Defensively, that’s no problem. Offensively, that’s a big problem. If you’re playing Molina on a regular basis, and you’re the Yankees, then you have to ensure that you’re getting offensive production from your center fielder and right fielder – along with Damon, A-Rod, Jeter, Cano, Teixeira, and Matsui continuing to play at expected levels. Otherwise, you’re giving away too many outs in a game – like what happened with Molina, Cano and Cabrera creating a black hole in the offense.
As Yankees fans, let’s hope that Melky Cabrera and Nick Swisher keep being productive – especially with ‘Sado out for the next two months.