26 May 2006

Pending Pinstripes: Potential Replacements for Posada

The Yankees announced yesterday that Jorge Posada will be sidelined for a while with a "torn hamstring tendon". Not that I don't believe them, but I'm pretty sure I've never heard of that injury before. I find it very hard to believe that in 150+ years of profesisonal baseball, nobody has ever had such an injury, so either I'm under informed, or this is just a game of semantics. It seems to me most likelt that the Yankees are making a concerted effort to assure their fans that Posada does not have a "torn hamstring" something every sports fan has heard of, and at which every Yankee fan should cringe.

They haven't yet put Posada on the disabled list, but then they haven't ruled it out either. Leg injuries have a hard enough time healing for outfielders, who get to stand still or jog around for much of the game. It therefore seems highly unlikely that Posada's whatever-it-is will heal itself with him crouching 150 times per game. The real reason, besides wichful thinking, that the Yankees have not disabled Posada, in my opinion, is that they don't really have any attractive options in the minor leagues, and are delaying the inevitable as long as they can. As I'm writing this, it's only about three hours before the first game of a weekend series with the Royals, and they still have not announced the promotion of anyone from their farm system. So, being the magnanimous public servant that I am, I will present the most likely options to fill Posada's cleats for the next few weeks, in the order of their probability of promotion. You can thank me later.

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