Posada rests day after his return
Yankees say catcher will be back behind plate on Saturday
NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada made it through his first day back behind the plate with the Yankees, but he was held out of the lineup on Friday following the Yankees' marathon 9-8 victory over the Blue Jays.
Posada started at catcher for the Yankees on Thursday, and he went 1-for-3 with a walk before being removed for pinch-runner Shelley Duncan in the eighth inning. Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that the draining three-hour and 53-minute affair was enough for Posada's return.
"He did fine," Girardi said. "It's just that it was one of our patented four-hour games."
The Blue Jays attempted a stolen base only once on Posada, with Brad Wilkerson successfully sliding into second base on a steal with reliever Jose Veras pitching in the top of the eighth. Girardi said that Posada never got a good grip on that ball, which sailed high, but he was for the most part pleased with Posada's velocity throwing to the bases.
The plan is for Posada to now catch on Saturday and Sunday against the Royals, both day games. Jose Molina was in the lineup for New York on Friday instead of Posada, who had not played since April 26 due to a strained right shoulder that was later diagnosed as right rotator cuff tendinitis.
"I think for the next couple of weeks, you're not going to see him play four or five days in a row, but I think we'll get by that," Girardi said.
Posada did pinch-hit on Friday night with the bases empty and one out in the bottom of the ninth. He struck out on a full count.
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.