Jorge Posada Refuses To Play For Yankees Vs. Red Sox Over Lineup Dispute

Jorge Posada has had a long and successful Yankees career. Tonight, he may have added an ugly black mark to it: Posada refused to play in the Yankees' game against the Red Sox after being slotted into the ninth spot in the order by manager Joe Girardi, with YES Network's Jack Curry reporting he was "insulted" and threw a "hissy fit."

One of the longest-serving Yankees of the modern era, Posada's seen his power sapped in recent years, and is hitting a miserable .165 in 2011. That might contribute to some of his frustrations with being dropped in the Yankees lineup, but his defiance of Girardi may mean that New York can dock his pay or terminate his contract.

ESPN's Buster Olney tweets that the Yankees are examining their courses of action with regards to Posada, and FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal suggests that the Yankees could seek to terminate Posada's contract if he refuses to play again on Sunday.

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