Manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that Jorge Posada can begin working behind the plate in the next week.It's good to hear that he's getting closer to 100%, but at the same time I don't think it's that important that they get him back behind the plate. I like the lineup with Posada as the DH and Francisco Cervelli behind the plate. Cervelli has done a great job offensively and defensively, and Jorge will have a better chance staying healthy if he's not catching. What do you think?
Girardi has yet to talk extensively about a timetable with Posada and trainer Gene Monahan, but the plan remains to work Posada back into catching shape soon.
"It's not like starting over, but it's getting back there," Girardi said, mentioning that Posada would have to catch a few bullpen sessions, throw to the bases and do some blocking exercises before returning behind the plate in a game. "My concern is how he responds to that. You probably want to see a couple days and see how he responds."
"You'd see how his foot would really react in certain situations," Girardi said of the hypothetical rehab. "We needed the bat, and he was able to come back sooner than we thought. It's worked out well; we just have to work him back to being a catcher."
In other injury news, Marcus Thames was scratched from today's lineup because of a stiff neck, and is day-to-day.