Posada rests up for big series vs. Tampa Bay

Posada rests up for big series vs. Tampa Bay

CLEVELAND -- Jorge Posada said that he could have squatted behind the plate for the Yankees on Thursday, but he knows that his services will be needed when the club opens a big three-game series against the Rays at Tropicana Field this weekend.

Posada expects to catch in two of the three games against Tampa Bay, beginning with Friday evening's contest, after a cyst behind his left knee had forced him out of Tuesday's lineup at Progressive Field.

"They're just giving me an extra day," Posada said. "It's a big series coming up."

Posada was the designated hitter in Wednesday's 8-0 victory over the Indians, going 1-for-5. He said that his left leg feels better, but manager Joe Girardi said that Posada told him it was "still cranky."

"I thought I might be able to play him today, but he's still sore," Girardi said. "I'm going to give him the day off, and hopefully, he'll be ready tomorrow."

Francisco Cervelli made his third consecutive start behind the plate on Thursday. Girardi said that Posada is available to pinch-hit.

"There's no doubt that I could play him, but if he's still a little sore, it makes it difficult to start him at catcher," Girardi said.