After all the drama over the weekend Jorge Posada is absent from the Yankees’ lineup for a third straight game tonight.
Alex Rodriguez is starting in his place at designated hitter, with Eduardo Nunez coming off the bench to play third base against Rays left-hander David Price.
However, there was a good chance Posada would have been benched versus Price anyway, as he’s just 1-for-18 lifetime off him and has zero hits in 24 at-bats against southpaws this season.
If Posada is out of the lineup tomorrow against right-hander James Shields then the story deserves to make headlines again, but for now this benching seems more strategic than punitive (although Derek Jeter may disagree).
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.