Yankees interested in Penny, but he could be claimed first
The Yankees are one of many teams that have interest in free-agent pitcher Brad Penny, who was released by the Red Sox yesterday, but it's possible the righthander will not make it through waivers.
If Penny goes unclaimed by Monday, he will be free to sign with any team, but the Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that the Twins are considering claiming Penny off waivers. Among the other contending clubs said to be sniffing around Penny are the Rockies, Giants, Marlins, White Sox, Rays and Rangers.
Penny, 31, was 7-8 with a 5.61 ERA with Boston. It is believed he would prefer to sign with an NL club. The Yankees are seeking to upgrade the No. 5 spot in their rotation. It is currently held by Sergio Mitre, who will face the White Sox tomorrow.
Jorge Posada was out of the lineup as expected and could be sidelined for a few more days after getting hit on the knuckle of the ring finger on his left hand by a foul tip Wednesday. Posada was hit on the same finger a few weeks ago.
"The problem is to completely heal, it would probably need 10 days, would be my guess, 10 days to two weeks," manager Joe Girardi said. "He's not going to sit that long."
Girardi did not completely rule out Posada going on the shelf for longer, though.
"It's something we'll discuss with the doctor," he said. "I'm just making the assumption that it would heal in 10 days. I'm not sure. It might even be more than that. We'll continue to talk to the doctors and and decide what they need . . . If we feel that he can play at his high level, then he's going to play."