Jorge Posada apparently wasn’t as OK with batting ninth as he said he was.
In an act difficult to interpret as anything other than insubordination — which is the way the Yankees see it — he asked out of Saturday night’s lineup after being dropped in the batting order.
General manager Brian Cashman, meeting with reporters in the third inning of the game against the Red Sox, said Posada, 39 — who entered the game batting .165 — went into Joe Girardi’s office at 6 p.m.
“He came into Joe’s office and asked him to remove Jorgie from the DH slot in the ninth hole,” Cashman said. “There is no injury. It’s my understanding [Posada will] talk to you guys after the game.”
But Posada’s wife, Laura, offered a different take, one that elevated the story from strange to bizarre.
“Jorge loves being a Yankee \[more than\] anything,” she wrote on her Twitter feed at about 9:10 p.m. “He’s trying his best to help his team win. Today, due to back stiffness, he wasn’t able to do that.”
Cashman declined to comment further — including about whether Posada was available in any capacity Saturday night — but a source with knowledge of the situation told Newsday's Ken Davidoff that the GM made an appeal to Posada to play. The source also said the Yankees, who have the option of fining him two days’ pay but haven’t decided yet, have reason to believe that if he again refuses to play, they would have grounds to terminate his contract.
More to come from what promises to be an interesting postgame.