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Posada’s Wounded Knee

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Will Carroll offers up an opinion on Jorge Posada’s injury, and how it may be treated going forward:

Ben Wolf . . . points out something about Posada getting hit by a pitch Wednesday that hadn’t occurred to me: “Was reading your latest column and saw that Posada was hit in the fibular head (I had just read knee in the general news).  Even if there isn’t a fracture, there’s a risk of the injury being more of a long-term problem if he ends up with any restriction in the superior tibiofibular joint, especially considering the demands of a catcher squatting on the knee (including that joint specifically I think), not to mention any mechanistic problems he could have running.  I suppose we will see.” . . . .  Posada says he could catch if it was an emergency, but it’s clear that it’s the squatting that’s the problem. We’ll see how the Yankees deal with this over the weekend, but expect Posada to miss time. At best, he could DH, but I think they’ll hold on to the retro DL move until they’re more sure.

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1 a.O   ~  Apr 30, 2010 1:35 pm

I think he should be spending most of his time at DH anyway...all the upside, none of the downside. Given Johnson's fragility, it makes sense to have a DH platoon, of sorts.

2 monkeypants   ~  Apr 30, 2010 1:37 pm

[1} all the upside, none of the downside.

Except the part about weakening the lineup.

3 a.O   ~  Apr 30, 2010 1:49 pm

[2] Offset by strengthening the defense at catcher.

4 Sliced Bread   ~  Apr 30, 2010 1:51 pm

damn, I just put down $100 on Posada to show in the Kentucky Derby.
If he's scratched, might they allow a certain centaur to run in his place?

5 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 30, 2010 1:58 pm


How about putting that dough on "Gritner"?

6 a.O   ~  Apr 30, 2010 2:01 pm

[5] What kind of odds can I get on him winning the AL SB race?

7 Sliced Bread   ~  Apr 30, 2010 2:19 pm

[5] Gritner's actually a fine name for a horse but he's not on the racing form. Can I check "other" and make him a write in? I'm obviously new to this game.

8 Diane Firstman   ~  Apr 30, 2010 2:43 pm


Gardner . . . the horse ...

9 rbj   ~  Apr 30, 2010 3:05 pm

[5] You're forgetting the space-time continuum that Gritner warps. He's already won the Kentucky Derby -- the whole Triple Crown in fact.

10 Chyll Will   ~  Apr 30, 2010 3:07 pm

[7], [8] In the Gardner State, he can transcend species and minimize the impact of other competitors to a quarter of their original mass, converting that energy to a cubed factor in intangibles... do they even have racing at the Meadowlands anymore?

11 thelarmis   ~  Apr 30, 2010 3:31 pm

really fun article at yahoo today: jorgie talking about some of the pitchers he's caught in the last 20's. even a mention about Pettitte's knuckleball! i'm not kidding.


12 monkeypants   ~  Apr 30, 2010 4:16 pm

[3] Offset by strengthening the defense at catcher.

Hardly. Not even close.

13 a.O   ~  Apr 30, 2010 6:12 pm

[12] Yeah? Based on what?

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