TORONTO -- Would Joe Girardi put Jorge Posada behind the plate to catch Mariano Rivera's record 602nd save? Probably not, the Yankees' skipper said prior to the finale of a three-game series at Rogers Centre on Sunday.
"It's not something that we've done a lot," Girardi explained. "We've caught him one time, and the games are important right now. It's something that we can talk about, but I'm probably going to stick with our catchers. That's what I'm going to do."
Posada was signed by the Yankees the same year Rivera was (1990) and has played with the historic closer each of his 17 years in the big leagues. But the 40-year-old Posada has only spent six innings behind the plate this season -- all coming on Sept. 10, when he was pressed into service against the Angels.
Rivera tied Trevor Hoffman for the most saves in baseball history by pitching a perfect ninth inning during the Yankees' 7-6 win on Saturday. Since the Yanks lost, 3-0 on Sunday, Rivera now has a chance to get the saves record at Yankee Stadium, where his team will play an eight-game homestand beginning Monday.
"Yeah, I mean, that's exciting," Girardi said. "I think that's exciting for our fans, and hopefully he gets about five or six this week."