Surprisingly healthy, Posada returns

Surprisingly healthy, Posada returns

OAKLAND -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was back behind the plate on Tuesday, and even he was a little surprised by how good his sprained left ring finger was feeling.

Posada took a foul tip off his glove hand in Sunday's 7-6 win over the Blue Jays, and he's sporting a new protective cover over the knuckle on his finger. The catcher said it allows him to be flexible enough to squeeze incoming pitches and will not affect his hitting.

"It doesn't bother me to do anything, unless I get a foul tip, and we can't control that," Posada said on Tuesday. "I was hoping that I would play today. I'm surprised with the way it felt yesterday. It felt better than I thought it would."