Free of pain, Posada close to return

Free of pain, Posada close to return

NEW YORK -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada reported no pain on Tuesday, the day after he ran for the first time since suffering a hairline fracture in his right foot. Posada could be activated from the disabled list as early as Wednesday.

"I'd be happy if it was today," Posada said on Tuesday. "I need to play. Hopefully, I can come off the DL tomorrow and play tomorrow."

With the tarp on the field and ominous clouds looming overhead for much of Tuesday, Posada didn't get a chance to run again on the field as planned. He did, however, run on the treadmill and said he "didn't feel anything" in that right foot.

"Today was important for me that he came back and felt fine, and he did, so that was a good thing," manager Joe Girardi said. "We feel pretty comfortable that he may not have any rehab [assignments]. We'll just bring him out there. I liked the way he swung the bat."

The plan might be to activate Posada and ease him into the lineup as the designated hitter for a few days. The Yankees could keep Chad Moeller on the active roster as Francisco Cervelli's backup in that case.

Posada himself figured he would DH in his first two or three games back before settling back in behind the plate. When Posada does don the catcher's gear again, it will have a little extra padding around both his feet to protect against stray foul tips -- like the one off Michael Cuddyer's bat that caused the injury on May 16.