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Posada increasing his catching drills

Posada increasing his catching drills

BALTIMORE -- Jorge Posada continued to increase his catching drills on Thursday, receiving Phil Hughes' bullpen session, but the Yankees do not yet have a definitive date when he will get behind the plate in a game.

Posada has been working with catching coach Tony Pena and is expected to meet with a team physician on Friday in New York, making sure that his right foot -- which cost him 16 games after a hairline fracture -- is holding up to the extra work.

"He's obviously progressing the way we want," manager Joe Girardi said. "As far as having a target date of when he'll catch, we'll take it day by day, but we like what we see."

Girardi has a date in his head to get Posada behind the plate, but he does not want to rush the 38-year-old. Since Posada won't be able to catch in a rehab game, the Yankees need to make sure he is ready when the green light is offered.

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