Jorge Posada will turn 39 this season and has battled a multitude of injuries the past few season, but he’s not even considering retirement at this point.
“I am going to make it tough, that’s the way I was brought up,” Posada told the New York Post on Saturday. “I don’t want to go away. i am having fun and enjoy playing. To tell you the truth, they are going to really have to rip [the uniform] off me”
The Yankees boast a crop of talented, young catchers like Francisco Cervelli, Austin Romine and 20-year-old Jesus Montero, but the club will have no problem finding a spot for the 38-year-old Posada for at least the next two seasons. Why? Because he’s a switch-hitter and is still making noise at the plate. Posada batted .285/.363/.522 with 22 home runs and 81 RBI last season over 383 at-bats and heads into 2010 as the Yanks’ primary starter. HIP! HIP! … anyone?
Blue Jays right-hander Marcus Stroman might be headed to the disabled list soon, manager John Gibbons told reporters following Friday’s rain-shortened loss to the Yankees. The righty lasted just four innings on the mound before calling it a night, and gave up five runs, six hits and two walks in a performance that Gibbons claimed was at least partially affected by recurring blister issues on his right middle finger. Now, it looks like he might be removed from the rotation for some much-needed rest and rehabilitation; if so, it’ll be his second such stint this year.
Stroman, 27, has struggled to return the kind of winning record and sub-4.00 ERA that characterized his previous seasons with the club, mostly due to the combined seven weeks he missed with blisters on his throwing hand and chronic fatigue in his right shoulder. In a recent start against the Rays, things got even more gruesome when his blister appeared to start bleeding in the middle of his outing and MLB.com’s Gregor Chisholm notes that the wound has constantly interfered with the right-hander’s pitch selection and delivery. When healthy, Stroman has managed a 4-8 record through 18 starts in 2018 with a career-worst 5.27 ERA, 3.2 BB/9 and 6.8 SO/9 in 100 2/3 innings. This will be the first year since 2015 in which he has not logged at least 200 innings in a single season.
While Stroman may not need an extended stay on the DL before he returns to the mound, it’s not clear what kind of timetable the Blue Jays expect for his recovery. He’s been the second-most valuable starter (behind the now-traded J.A. Happ) in a rotation that currently ranks 17th in the majors with a combined 4.90 ERA and 6.8 fWAR.