Brian Cashman in the second inning of tonight’s game said that Jorge Posada took himself out of the lineup at 6 p.m. He was slotted to hit ninth.
“It’s not an injury situation, that’s all I can report right now. … He’d like to talk to the press after the game about it,” Cashman said.
The idea of retirement is pure speculation on my part, but I know I’m not the only one with that idea. However, Joel Sherman, a highly respectable reporter for the New York Post, heard this:
I hear Posada is not retiring and also that #Yankees were not on board with him pulling self from lineup, clear clash here
UPDATE: YES Network’s Jack Curry, also a quality reporter, provided information backing up Sherman’s report.
Posada is hitting .165/.272/.349 this season in 125 plate appearances. He did show some power early, slugging six homers in April, but he only had three other hits besides home runs — all singles.
If Posada announces his retirement tonight, it will be a sad, sad day in Yankeeland, regardless of tonight’s outcome against the Red Sox.