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“"Jorge loves being a Yankee [more than] anything," she tweeted. "He's trying his best to help his team win. Today, due to back stiffness he wasn't able to do that." Posada said he needs to talk about his future with his wife. Posada, who entered Saturday hitting .165, said he has not thought about retirement. There is a good chance Posada won't be in the lineup Sunday anyway, because the Red Sox are throwing lefty Jon Lester. Posada, a switch hitter, has yet to get a hit this year in 24 at-bats as right-handed hitter. On Monday, lefty David Price is scheduled to pitch for Tampa Bay. Posada's plight even garnered attention -- and empathy -- in the visitor's clubhouse. Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek was asked if he could appreciate the level of frustration Posada is feeling. "We're dealing with a lot of speculation right now with the little bit I just heard,'' Varitek said. "I do know and respect what the man has done behind the plate for many, many years. Like I do with most things, I'm going to wait for the truth to come out and I'm not going to respond to something on hearsay.'' David Ortiz was more outspoken on the issue, saying the Yankees were doing a disservice to Posada by insisting that he serve as DH exclusively and no longer catch. "They're doing that guy wrong. They're doing him wrong," Ortiz told reporters. "You know why? That guy, he is legendary right there in that organization. And dude, DH-ing sucks. DH-ing is not easy.'' Varitek, who at 39 is the same age as Posada, managed to make light of his own struggles at the plate. When he was asked if he thought Gonzalez had a chance to win the triple crown, leading the league in home runs, RBIs and batting average, Varitek feigned confusion. "Who, me?'' he said. "What are you laughing at?" Posada was on the bench for the beginning of Saturday's game, an hour after having gone into the manager's office, according to Cashman. "At 6 o'clock he went into Joe's office and asked him to remove [him] from the DH spot and the ninth hole," Cashman said. If Posada had stayed in the lineup, it would have been the first time he batted ninth in 12 years to the day. Against the White Sox on May 14, 1999, he went 0-for-4. When the Yankees took away his catching gear this winter, Posada did not publicly complain. On Saturday, when he met with the media, he didn't make a scene. "I've put myself in this spot," Posada said to the media before the game. "It is not like I want to hit ninth. It is not like I want to hit a hundred and whatever I'm hitting, just a matter of really coming out of it." Girardi said he has mulled pushing Posada to the bottom of the order for a few days. Before posting the lineup, Girardi talked with Posada, telling him he is still in the lineup but must produce. If he doesn't, the Yankees are facing a big decision. Earlier this week, a Yankee official told ESPN New York that the team doesn't know what they would do with Posada if he continues to fail to hit. Posada doesn't play the field anymore and doesn't run well, so if he doesn't hit, he would seem to have no value on the roster. "We're hoping he gets going and we don't have to cross that bridge," Girardi said. Girardi also moved down Nick Swisher in the order, pushing him to eighth. Brett Gardner was moved from ninth to seventh, while Russell Martin was pushed to the sixth hole behind Robinson Cano. Swisher, whom the Yankees have a $10.25 million team contract option for next season, is hitting .221 with two homers and 14 RBIs. "If I need to be down there to help this team, I'm going to be there," Swisher said. Andrew Marchand covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Information from ESPN The Magazine's Buster Olney, ESPNNewYork.com's Ian Begley, ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes and The Associated Press was used in this report.
They're doing that guy wrong. They're doing him wrong. You know why? That guy, he is legendary right there in that organization. And dude, DH-ing sucks. DH-ing is not easy.” -- Red Sox DH David Ortiz