Eager Posada returns to lineup Wednesday

Eager Posada returns to lineup Wednesday

ARLINGTON -- If Jorge Posada wants to stay in the Yankees' lineup, he might have to begin keeping any injuries to himself, with the slightest comment representing a red flag.

Posada mentioned to manager Joe Girardi that he noticed something in his right shoulder after a throw to second base on Monday in New York, and Girardi stood on the side of caution Tuesday, refusing to even use Posada as a pinch-hitter.

That proved to be notable because the Yankees had a prime situation in the eighth inning of a 4-3, 10-inning loss to the Rangers where Posada could have pinch-hit with the bases loaded. Instead, Francisco Cervelli popped out weakly, and Posada insisted he could have both hit and stayed in the game to catch.

"I felt something, but it's fine," said Posada "It happens every year. It's nothing different than other years."

Posada returned to the Yankees lineup Wednesday after a day off, following three consecutive games behind the plate against the Red Sox, including the Monday game when he made an awkward throw to second base on a Joba Chamberlain pitchout.

Posada has been nicked up this year with injuries to his right calf, left knee, right shoulder and right foot, and Girardi acknowledged that he is actively trying to keep Posada from going back on the disabled list, as he was in May for a fractured foot.

"It's something that we're going to have to deal with," Girardi said. "I know he wants to play seven days in a row and 13 out of 15. It's very difficult to do. I have a job to make sure he stays healthy. Sometimes we think with our hearts instead of our head.

"... I have to remind Jorgie he's not 25. I mean, he's going to be 39 in a week. Physically, he's had knee issues and other issues that we've had to deal with. I can run him out there five days in a row, but I'm not sure when we'd get him back."

Posada naturally would prefer to be on the field, but he is on board with Girardi's stated plan to have him catch three of every five games, if not more.

"It is what it is. He makes the lineup," Posada said. "I'm OK. ... Two out of three, three out of four, whatever. I just want to play."