LADY AT THE BAT: Posada's Mind Is Changed For Him

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Posada's Mind Is Changed For Him

It was announced early last night that Jorge Posada will, indeed, undergo season-ending shoulder surgery, thereby ending his attempt at a 15-day DL stint and rehab.

Posada never actually changed his mind. If it was up to him he would have continued trying to rehab the shoulder. What set things in motion toward the surgery was the trade the Yankees made over the weekend: The Yankees acquired OF Xavier Nady and LHP Damaso Marte from the Pirates in exchange for RHPs Jeff Karstens, Daniel McCutchen and Ross Ohlendorf and OF Jose Tabata. The key piece in this trade, as it relates to Posada, is Xavier Nady. Nady can easily replace Posada's right-handed bat in the line-up. Once Nady was inserted into the line-up, there was nothing more that Posada could do, other than go and have surgery.

Could the Yankees have been thinking of this when they made the deal? Had they been having trouble convincing Posada to go under the knife? The team needed a corner outfielder who is also a strong bat, but perhaps Posada was the reason that actually led to the Yankees pulling the trigger on the deal. In any case, I'm glad Jorge Posada is going to have his surgery now, and I hope he makes a successful comeback in 2009.

The Lady

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