Calf better, Posada back behind plate

Calf better, Posada back behind plate

DETROIT -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was back behind the plate on Monday night, preparing to receive starter Sergio Mitre in his first catching duty since suffering a strained right calf.

"We were hoping a week would clear it up, and that's what you look at with a Grade 1 strain," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said. "It's been a week, and we need to keep him healthy."

Posada, 38, started on Sunday as New York's designated hitter and went 0-for-4 in a 9-3 loss to the Red Sox in Boston. He had missed the previous four games with the calf issue and had three hits in his past 18 at-bats entering play on Monday.