05/26/09 9:17 PM ET
Posada could rejoin Yanks on road trip
Catcher plays simulated game, may return in Cleveland
By Bryan Hoch / MLB.com
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said that Posada could depart the club's training complex in Tampa, Fla., in time to appear in New York's upcoming four-game series against the Indians in Cleveland.
Posada has been on the disabled list since May 5 with a strained right hamstring, and he is scheduled to catch five innings on Wednesday. Girardi said that Posada would probably work up to seven innings defensively and does not necessarily need to catch nine innings.
"It's realistic that we could see him within four or five days," Girardi said.
Also on Tuesday, Xavier Nady logged four at-bats in simulated action as he attempts to avoid surgery on a damaged ligament in his right elbow, shooting to rejoin the Yankees in early June as a designated hitter. It is possible he could play in a Minor League game this week.
Cody Ransom -- on the 60-day disabled list with a right quadriceps injury -- batted six times. Jose Molina, sidelined with a strained left quadriceps, has not yet played in a simulated game and is farther off than Posada.
The Yankees are currently carrying two catchers, Francisco Cervelli and Kevin Cash. Girardi said that it is possible they could add Posada to the roster and continue carrying three catchers.
"That's probably something we'll discuss on the off-day [Thursday]," Girardi said. "It's something that we'll consider. He has to be honest with us how he's feeling. If he's 100 percent, there may not be a need for a catcher."
Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.