Posada has broken foot, could miss 3-4 weeks

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posada swinging.jpgJorge Posada has been in and out of the Yankees’ lineup for the past week or so, and on Wednesday evening we all found out why.  According to Marc Carig of the Newark Star-Ledger, the veteran catcher has been diagnosed with a hairline fracture in his right foot and could miss up to a month.

Francisco Cervelli is the logical choice to fill in at catcher for the next three-to-four weeks, given the impressive .373/.442/.493 batting line that he’s posted in limited action this season.  Now the world will find out if he’s for real.

Posada, 38, was batting .326 this season with a .406 on-base percentage, six home runs and 14 RBI through 89 at-bats.  Given his age, we’re thinking the Yanks’ three-to-four week recovery timetable might be a bit optimistic.  Then again, he’s proven people wrong his whole career.

Yankees GM Brian Cashman not considering demoting struggling Greg Bird

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Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.

GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”

Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.

Chris Archer threw behind Jose Bautista

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Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.

Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.

The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.