Shoulder ends Posada's season
■ If the Yankees are going to earn a 14th consecutive playoff berth, they'll have to do it without Jorge Posada. The five-time All-Star catcher will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the lineup for New York's post-season push.
Posada is expected to be sidelined at least six months. ”As difficult as it is, I can focus on coming back 100 percent for next season instead of coming back at less than that now,“ Posada said in a statement.
Team cuts player key to brawl
The Dayton Dragons released infielder Angel Cabrera, whose hard slide helped raise tensions before an on-field brawl with the Peoria Chiefs broke out in a game last week. The Dragons, a Reds' Class A minor-league club, cut the 22-year-old player on Monday because Cabrera's behavior has been an ongoing problem, Manager Donnie Scott said. On Sunday night, Cabrera threw his helmet in the dugout. The helmet bounced and hit pitching coach Doug Bair in the leg.
teammate ... I want to be a part of this team and the run that we're on.“
The Yankees won their first eight games after the All-Star break before losing Sunday night in Boston. They entered Monday three games behind first-place Tampa Bay in the AL East and two back of the Red Sox.
New York announced the decision after Posada met with Cashman and manager Joe Girardi following batting practice. Cashman also spoke to co-chairmen Hank and Hal Steinbrenner to ”make sure that they were all on board.“
”After speaking with Brian and Joe, we thought it was best for me — and the team — to have the surgery now,“ Posada said. ”I've always taken pride in being there for my team and playing every day with them. With Xavier here now, there isn't as much pressure on me to return.“
Posada took some light swings from the left side during batting practice Monday before New York played the Baltimore Orioles. Earlier in the afternoon, he said he still hoped he was in the team's plans for this season.
No date has been set for the operation, Cashman said. It will be performed by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek, a shoulder specialist who examined Posada last week.
On the move
■ Already bumped from the Phillies' starting rotation, Adam Eaton now is off the roster. The struggling right-hander agreed to go to the minors Monday, a day after he pitched poorly in relief. A decision on where to send Eaton has not been made. Eaton, a first-round draft pick in 1996, lost his spot in the rotation after the Phillies acquired former Kentucky pitcher Joe Blanton from the A's on July 17.
■ The Marlins' rotation received a boost Monday when right-hander Anibal Sanchez rejoined the team. Sanchez, who threw a no-hitter as a rookie in 2006, missed most of last season because of a shoulder injury. He's scheduled to make his first start Thursday against Colorado.
■ Center fielder Rick Ankiel, who has seven homers and 21 RBI this month, was held out of the Cardinals' starting lineup for the second straight day with a sore abdomen.
■ Cubs Manager Lou Piniella said closer Kerry Wood is not close to returning from a blister on his right index finger. ”He threw with a protective pad on it for a while, it felt OK. He took it off and tried to throw without it and he couldn't,“ Piniella said.
■ Rangers All-Star shortstop Michael Young could miss up to a week after suffering a small fracture in his right ring finger Monday night against the Mariners. He apparently suffered the injury diving back to first base on a pickoff attempt in the first inning.
Atlanta Braves right-hander Tim Hudson had an MRI on Monday that showed ligament damage in his pitching elbow, sending the ace to the disabled list and leaving the rest of his season in doubt.
Atlanta also placed major-league batting leader Chipper Jones on the DL, a setback for a team trying to revive its fading hopes in the NL East.
General Manager Frank Wren sounded as though the Braves will go into Thursday's trade deadline looking to acquire players who can help the team in 2009 and beyond. First baseman Mark Teixeira, in the final year of his contract, is the most likely to be dealt.
”The reality of the way things have gone recently and the number of injuries we're battling, I think it paints a pretty clear picture of what we should do and what we need to do,“ Wren said. ”We're in a position of great strength because we have the best player.“