Posada to resume catching activities

Posada to resume catching activities

TORONTO -- Manager Joe Girardi is hopeful that Jorge Posada can begin working behind the plate in the next week.

Girardi has yet to talk extensively about a timetable with Posada and trainer Gene Monahan, but the plan remains to work Posada back into catching shape soon.

"It's not like starting over, but it's getting back there," Girardi said, mentioning that Posada would have to catch a few bullpen sessions, throw to the bases and do some blocking exercises before returning behind the plate in a game. "My concern is how he responds to that. You probably want to see a couple days and see how he responds."

Posada has not started behind the plate since he suffered that hairline fracture in his right foot on May 16 against the Twins. He is making his fourth consecutive start at designated hitter on Saturday since his quicker-than-expected return from the disabled list. Girardi admitted that, if the Yankees didn't need his bat so much, Posada may have gone on a rehab assignment to get in his catching work.

"You'd see how his foot would really react in certain situations," Girardi said of the hypothetical rehab. "We needed the bat, and he was able to come back sooner than we thought. It's worked out well; we just have to work him back to being a catcher."

Francisco Cervelli has played very well in Posada's absence, with Chad Moeller serving as the primary backup until Posada works back into game shape.