Posada should return to action Friday

Posada should return to action Friday

DUNEDIN, Fla. -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was scratched from Thursday's lineup against the Blue Jays with a stiff neck, though he could return to action as soon as Friday.

Posada said that he tried to take batting practice at Dunedin Stadium, but he told manager Joe Girardi that he was having difficulty.

"It was tough swinging right-handed," the switch-hitting Posada said. "In a day or so, it should be all right."

Posada said that he was not worried about missing Opening Night against the Red Sox on Sunday, but Girardi acknowledged that the thought had at least crossed his mind.

"Obviously, you hope it goes away before Sunday," Girardi said. "Long term, no [concern], but short term, you want to get rid of it as soon as you can. Short term, there's a little concern."

Posada was replaced by P.J. Pilittere, the only other catcher scheduled to be on the trip. Additionally, third baseman Brandon Laird was scratched from Thursday's game with a sore right elbow. He was replaced by Marcos Vechionacci.

"I want to cancel the last week of Spring Training," Girardi said. "It's amazing. All of a sudden, we're getting these little nicks. You want to try to stay away from them, but it's part of the game."