NEW YORK -- When Jorge Posada learned Friday of his six-game suspension, his immediate reaction was to appeal the decision, which had more to do with the timing than the severity of the punishment. With the Red Sox visiting the Bronx for the next four games, and Derek Jeter out indefinitely with a strained left hamstring, the Yankees are better off with Posada in the lineup for the immediate future.
"I'm happy I'm going to have him for the Boston series," General Manager Brian Cashman said. "Other than that, I'm not going to comment on it."
The Yankees could wait for the appeal to run its course, but it makes more sense for Posada to drop it when the Red Sox leave town and serve his six games against the White Sox and Devil Rays next week. That way, the Yankees can control when and where they must play without their All-Star catcher.
"I think this series is very important," said Posada, who also was fined roughly $3,000. "(The Red Sox) are coming to get us."
The Yankees, who lead the AL East by 11 games, weren't pleased with Frank Robinson's decision to ban Posada for six games. Last Monday in Toronto, Posada erupted when plate umpire Andy Fletcher called him out on strikes in the ninth inning of the Yankees' 7-5 win. Posada turned and yelled an obscenity at Fletcher, then repeatedly bumped chests with the umpire, spraying spittle in his face as the two screamed at each other. Posada had to be restrained.
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