This from the AP:
Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is scheduled to throw to the bases in a game Saturday for the first time since being sidelined by a sore shoulder on April 27.
Posada, who has been in extended spring training, could rejoin the Yankees next week.
â€œI just hope everything stays the same and keeps progressing,â€ Posada said Friday.
Posada went 2-for-5 with a walk as the designated hitter in an extended spring game against Tampa Bay minor leaguers. The five-time All-Star is not sure how many minor league games he will need to test the shoulder.
â€œWeâ€™ll see after tomorrow,â€ he said. â€œItâ€™s going to be fine. If it feels good, Iâ€™ll progress from that.â€
Posada is 6-for-18 with four walks in four extended spring games. He had two singles and an RBI grounder in Fridayâ€™s game.
Meanwhile, the Jorge Posada Foundation just sent out this press release:
New York, May 22, 2008 – New York Yankee Jorge Posada and his wife, Laura, have announced that The Jorge Posada Foundation will host its 7th Annual Heroes of Hope Gala on June 16th, 2008 at The Pierre Hotel in New York. This yearâ€™s recipient of the Heroes for Hope Award will be Mr. George M. Steinbrenner III.
The event will feature Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos as Masters of Ceremonies, as well as a performance by Kat de Luna.
The Jorge Posada Foundationâ€™s Heroes for Hope Gala raises awareness of Craniosynostosis.
The Foundation aims to provide financial assistance to families with children affected by this condition and offer them emotional support through its Mentors Program. The organization partners with a number of medical centers, helping underwrite a portion of the costs of initial surgeries. The Foundation also strives to create awareness through events and through funding other educational outreach efforts.
Portions of the proceeds from the Gala will benefit the Childrenâ€™s Craniofacial Association, The Childrenâ€™s Hospital at Montefiore and the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
There will be an online auction beginning Monday, June 9, 2008 through Tuesday, June 24, 2008 on charitybuzz.com/jorgeposada. The auction includes a live component that will be available to bid through at the event.
Auction bidders can try their luck at winning an experience with actor and comedian Billy Crystal, a round of golf and lunch with comedian George Lopez at Lakeside Golf Course in Toluca Lake, California, tickets to singer Bette Midlerâ€™s annual â€œHulaweenâ€ gala event, and a custom-made Johnny Pag motorcycle signed by players of the New York Yankees. The auction will also feature a VIP trip for six to Sea World Orlando, as well as dozens of other celebrity, travel and sports-themed items.
Past attendee of the Heroes for Hope Gala include: Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Jason Giambi, Tino Martinez, Bernie Williams, and Robinson Cano, among others.
The Jorge Foundation Heroes for Hope Gala is made possible with the support of Budweiser, Continental Airlines, Captivate Networks, The New York Yankees, The Turner Corporation, Johnnie Walker, and Booz Allen Hamilton.
For additional information about The Jorge Posada Foundation go to: www.jorgeposada.com.