Posada will not get cortisone shot
Catcher could return to defensive duty if shoulder improves
NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada bristled at a media report that said he would seek a cortisone shot for his strained right shoulder, which has left him unable to throw from behind the plate.
"I don't know who said I got a shot," Posada said on Wednesday. "It doesn't make sense to get a shot in the area where it is. It's a completely different area where the shot would go and where the pain is."
Posada was lifted from an April 8 game at Kansas City after the Royals stole four times on him, taking advantage of a throwing arm that he said felt "dead" and lacked velocity. Though Posada has resumed tossing on the field before games, he is still unable to draw defensive duty.
Posada came in as an emergency catcher in Sunday's loss at Fenway Park but was instructed not to throw, a fact the Red Sox exploited as they stole two bases uncontested.
The Yankees recalled journeyman Chad Moeller from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre the next day and he has started three consecutive games, including Wednesday's reprisal with Boston. New York is currently carrying three catchers, with Jose Molina serving as Moeller's emergency understudy.
"We'll see where we are after today," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "If [Posada] progresses like he did from Monday to Tuesday and continues to progress, he could be [catching] in the next couple of days."
The injury does not affect Posada when swinging, making him a candidate to serve as the designated hitter. Posada -- batting .250 with one home run and three RBIs entering play Wednesday -- was in New York's lineup against Boston's Clay Buchholz, batting sixth.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.