Should Jorge Posada Still Catch?

Craig MillerContributor IAugust 11, 2010

NEW YORK - JULY 17:  Jorge Posada #20 of the New York Yankees runs against the Tampa Bay Rays on July 17, 2010 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Rays defeated the Yankees 10-5.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

First it was his foot, then his knee, and now his shoulder. 

Jorge Posada has experienced his fair share of pain this year while playing the position he's always known as the New York Yankees' catcher. This year, Jorge has spent a month on the DL, and catching 50 games out of the 112 played by the team. 

It is no secret that the Yankees rely on Jorge's bat, however, his production is a weak .258 average with 12 home runs and a quaint 39 RBI.  Since coming off of the DL, he is hitting .219.  Since the All-Star Break, he is only hitting .208  and has a .200 average with RISP. A few days ago, Boston stole six bases off of him, and he has only thrown out seven out of 50 baserunners, good for 14 percent.

Jorge has also rarely played a day game after a night game, which hurts the team offensively, and with the addition of Lance Berkman as a DH, his playing time will surely diminish even more.

With that said, it is time the Yankees look into their prized prospect, Jesus Montero.  Montero had a slow start, but his average has climbed steadily to .287, belting 14 home runs with an OPS of .855.  With the September 1 call-ups only three weeks away, it would be smart to call up Montero to get a taste of Major League pitching. Cervelli has been a nice backup, but that's all he's been, as he has provided literally no pop in his bat, something a full time catcher would need.

With his production dropping and his time catching taking a toll on his 39-year-old body, Jorge should consider catching less and less to rest himself for the playoffs. 

With his said aching body, Posada has become more of a liability every time he sits behind the plate. Jorge Posada is undoubtedly one of the Yankee catching greats, up among the ranks of  Elston Howard, Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, and Thurman Munson, but after this season, it is time to hang up the catching cleats and be a part time DH.