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No Jorge Posada, Jarrod Saltalamacchia for Wednesday’s Red Sox-Yankees tilt

Jun 8, 2011, 6:14 PM EST

Jorge Posada and son AP

Mark Teixeira will start Wednesday after leaving Tuesday’s game with a right knee contusion, but the Yankees and Red Sox will be missing key players tonight.

Jorge Posada left the Yankees to be with his 11-year-old son as he undergoes surgery.  The Posada family is hoping that this ninth operation is the final surgery for Jorge III, who was born with craniosynostosis, a condition involving the bones of the skull.

Posada went 3-for-3 off the bench after replacing Teixeira at first base last night and certainly would have been in the lineup as a DH tonight.  Since he’s absent, the Yankees are using Alex Rodriguez as a DH and playing Eduardo Nunez at third base.

The Red Sox are without their catcher due to an illness.  Jarrod Saltalamacchia was sent to the hospital because of flu-like symptoms, and it’s unclear whether he’ll be available at all.  With Salty out, the Red Sox are having Jason Varitek catch a Tim Wakefield start for the first time since 2005.

If the Red Sox don’t think Salty will be able to play these next couple of days, then they’ll probably make a roster move to add a catcher before the game.  Both Jed Lowrie (shoulder) and Bobby Jenks (back) are candidates to go on the disabled list.

Update – The Red Sox did opt to make a move for a catcher, putting Jenks back on the disabled list with his back injury and calling up Luis Exposito.

  1. cur68 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    Had no idea about this going on with Posada’s son. Tough row to hoe, man. Ok, Jorge, you get a pass from me from here out.

  2. deathmonkey41 - Jun 8, 2011 at 6:56 PM

    Good luck to lil’ Jorge on his operation!

    • deathmonkey41 - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:08 PM

      Okay, who hates the Yankees so much that they give a thumbs down to wishing a child good luck on an operation?

  3. Brian Murphy - Jun 8, 2011 at 7:04 PM

    That kid has been through a lot. It’s pretty cool to see a more-current photo of him, and he looks well.

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