Posada ahead of schedule, takes batting practice

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Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list just 11 days ago with a hairline fracture in his right foot.  According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, he is already chomping at the bit to return.

Posada took batting practice on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and is no longer wearing a protective boot on his foot.  He’s hoping to begin a running program within the next week, and a minor league rehab assignment should soon follow.

“I need more hitting, and we’ll see,” Posada said Sunday. “I think if I hit
today and tomorrow, we’ll see. Running is the thing. I’ve got to run
the bases and all of that stuff. If it feels fine after that, we’ll
see.”

The veteran backstop left behind a .326 batting average, a .406 on-base percentage, six home runs and 14 RBI, accomplished in 89 at-bats.  When he was originally diagnosed with the foot fracture the Yankees estimated that he would miss about a month.  It sure looks like he’ll be ready sooner than that.

Angels hire Brad Ausmus as special assistant to the GM

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Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register reports that the Angels have hired former Tigers manager Brad Ausmus as a special assistant to GM Billy Eppler.

Ausmus, 48, managed the Tigers for four seasons, accruing a 314-332 (.486) record. The Tigers fired him after the 2017 season and hired former Twins manager Ron Gardenhire in his place.

Ausmus will assist with scouting and evaluations of players in the Angels’ system, amateurs, and players in other organizations.