Major League Baseball
Posada To Have Season-Ending Surgery
NEW YORK - Jorge Posada will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the New York Yankees' lineup for the team's playoff push. The five-time All-Star catcher has struggled with shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his throws and limiting his playing time behind the plate. On the disabled list for the second time this year, Posada was trying to rehabilitate his shoulder enough to come back as a DH or first baseman this season. But after the Yankees acquired slugger Xavier Nady in a trade with Pittsburgh on Saturday, they determined it was best for Posada to have surgery now, general manager Brian Cashman said Monday. "It's just the obvious way to go," Cashman explained.Posada is expected to be sidelined at least six months and it's not certain that he'll be ready for the start of spring training in February, Cashman said. Braves' Jones, Hudson Put On Disabled List ATLANTA - The Atlanta Braves will be minus Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson for a while. The Braves put both stars on the 15-day disabled list, a setback for a team trying to stay in the NL East race. Jones leads the majors in hitting at .369. He hurt his left hamstring Wednesday night running out a grounder and has been slow to heal. The right-handed Hudson is 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA. He has been feeling tightness in his pitching elbow. PADRES: Chris Young has no apprehension about returning to the mound for the first time since he was hit in the face by Albert Pujols' line drive more than two months ago, breaking his nose and fracturing his skull. San Diego's 6-foot-10 right-hander is scheduled to start tonight against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Petco Park. "After the injury I wasn't sure how that would be, if it would take a while to get over that," Young said Monday. "I've faced a lot of live batters since then and I haven't had any issues. It hasn't been a thought. In fact, there have been comebackers that were hit hard that I've fielded, some have gotten past me. Never once did I worry about it. Hopefully there won't be any in my face."