For now, the Yankees are holding off on summoning Jesus Montero. He is hot at Triple-A (.333 with seven extra-base hits in his past 13 games). However, there remains infighting among Yankees decision-makers if it is the wrong message to promote Montero when he has not dominated Triple-A and at times projects indifference about being there. Nevertheless, if the new DH structure does not work, Montero will be called up; yet another sign the Yankees are in a DH phase of anyone but Posada.
“I’m not happy about it,” Posada said. “But right now I can’t do anything about it.”
In reality, if he were not Jorge Posada he would be treated like Jack Cust and Lyle Overbay, two veterans with somewhat similar numbers to Posada who were released recently by the Mariners and Pirates, respectively. Instead, the Yankees will keep Posada on the 25-man roster in a nebulous role that could include pinch-hitting or an occasional DH start or maybe a game at first.
Mainly, though, Posada has been reduced to legend without a role. The Yankees will play with less bench diversity until rosters can expand Sept. 1, essentially going 24 days with 24 men so as not to have to outright release a dynastic player. They have chosen to go shorthanded rather than deliver that backhand to Posada.
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