Yesterday I wrote about the Yankees sending IF/OF Kevin Russo down when Jorge Posada was activated, but that’s not what ended up happening. Instead they demoted 1B/DH Juan Miranda and the reason is because Jorge Posada is more of a DH than ever before.
See, I knew that Posada was going to come back as a DH and not a catcher, but I thought that was only going to be through the weekend. Instead this sounds like something that could happen for a couple of weeks. Even after he returns to catching it is likely that we’re to see Francisco Cervelli catching his fair share too.
So with Posada expected to be the every day DH there is no real need for Miranda. Thames is the bat off the bench and Russo is the backup first baseman. Also Chad Moeller is going to be the backup for longer than we thought.
“I know that I can catch and I know that I can be out there,” Posada said. “But a lot of circumstances have come. I’m going to have to be smart about it. If I’m in the lineup, I’m happy. I would like to catch here and there sometimes, but I understand what the future holds.”
He also said: “Two or three weeks from now, I’m probably going to be 100 percent.”
The Yankees say that they want him to be their everyday catcher as soon as he’s ready, but in reality there is no rush.
With Nick Johnson out until July or August they do need a DH so keeping Posada in that role makes sense.
Cervelli has also done a great job as the everyday catcher in his absence. Why not let him keep playing?
That’s not to say that Posada won’t catch. He will. But the days of him being this team’s primary catcher are over. At least until Johnson returns Cervelli won’t be riding pine.
Even beyond this season Posada won’t necessarily be the primary catcher. Between Posada’s four injuries in the last two years and Johnson’s own injuries the Yankees aren’t likely to resign the impending free agent. Instead they’ll likely use Posada as the full time DH and split time behind the plate between Cervelli and top prospect Jesus Montero.
So it’s too early to tell right now, but it seems like Posada the catcher is poinsed to become Posada the catcher/DH.