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Last Tuesday the Yankees thought Jorge Posada was healthy enough to go back behind the plate. On Friday they thought he was healthy enough to designate Chad Moeller for assignment. On Sunday things took a turn for the worst.

Jorge Posada to DLBefore the game Posada was a last minute scratch and after the game he said that it is likely he’ll make his first ever trip to the disabled list.

“It’s very disappointing,” said Posada. “It’s the biggest disappointment probably in my career. Not being able to participate in games is really tough.”

Posada has a torn subscapularis muscle according to the New York Times, but he says he will not need to undergo surgery. Initially the problem was diagnosed as a minor strain as Posada was regulated to DH duty. Eventually he felt good enough to go back behind the plate, but it was clear things were not getting better for Posada.

In the past week Posada has started in just three of the past five games. During that time he only was able to throw out one of the five runners who attempted to steal on him. Now the Yankees are being extra cautious by keeping him out of the lineup completely.

In his place will be Jose Molina. So far this year Molina has hit .286, but is without a hit since his own hamstring injury kept him out of action. This time the Yankees likely won’t have Moeller behind that plate as insurance.

In order to send Moeller back down to the minors last week the team was forced to DFA him. By doing that he is exposed to waivers and teams still have time to claim the journeyman catcher before the Yankees can recall him.

So let’s say the Boston Red Sox decide to thin out the Yankees roster by claiming Moeller who is going to backup Molina? That is most likely going to be the job of Chris Stewart. Stewart was drafted in 2001 by the Chicago White Sox and has played 23 games at the major league level during his career. Having last played in 2007 for the Texas Rangers, Stewart has a career .200 average over 45 at bats.

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