Jorge Posada was scratched from today’s exhibition game because of “shoulder discomfort.” He’ll be shut down for a few days and won’t resume throwing until Tuesday (at the earliest). While he and Joe Girardi don’t seem too worried about the issue, you have to wonder about the severity of the soreness. Hopefully he’s alright and it isn’t a serious setback.
UPDATE – Here’s some more info on the situation (NY Times):
Girardi described Posada’s shoulder as “a little, little, little sore.”
“Minuscule weakness,” he added. “He wanted to play. We said: ‘You’re not playing. It’s too early in the process.’ He’s on the watch list. We want to get that little irritation out of there.”
Accounts of the injury differed slightly between the manager and the player. Girardi said Posada woke up Saturday morning with a little soreness. Posada said he hurt it Thursday in the on-deck circle while stretching before his first at-bat in his first exhibition game.
“I wasn’t thinking,” Posada said. “I grabbed a bat and go back all the way, and I wasn’t supposed to do that. I felt it in the shoulder. I didn’t know I wasn’t supposed to do it. I kept playing, and there was nothing wrong.”
Posada demonstrated his stretching motion, with an imaginary bat behind his head. He hit a home run on the first pitch he saw and later doubled. He also played on Friday — both games at designated hitter — and has four hits in five at-bats.
Posada has thrown on the side without pain and said it did not hurt to swing or hit in games. But he said he came to the ballpark on Saturday and reported the problem to the Yankees’ head trainer, Gene Monahan, who brought in Dr. Christopher Ahmad for further examination.
“I said, ‘Geno, my shoulder is sore,’ ” Posada said. “He said, ‘Usually sore?’ and I said, ‘Just a little bit more.’ ”
Posada said he would not have X-rays or a magnetic resonance imaging test. Girardi said Posada was still on schedule to catch for the first time on March 15 here against Minnesota.
Posada went on to say that it doesn’t “hurt” when he throws or swings a bat and that he could continue to play through the soreness. However, the Yankees are obviously and appropriately being very cautious and he’ll remain idle until the soreness dissipates significantly.