Jorge Posada is not sure when he’ll be able to catch back-to-back games, but his foot felt better last night than it did on Sunday, and it feels strong enough today that he could catch if necessary.
“I can’t really get ahead of myself,” Posada said. “Just one day at a time for me now. I could play. I could catch. I’m just not catching.”
Before batting practice, Chad Moeller went through catching drills with Tony Pena. Other than that, he doesn’t seem likely to see much action in the near future, but he’ll stay here until the Yankees are convinced Posada is nearly 100 percent
“My thoughts are, you have to feel that he’s out of the woods,” Joe Girardi said. “That he can catch a game without experiencing what he’s experiencing now.”
The Yankees have four more days before they travel out west to play in National League parks. At that point, Girardi won’t have the option of DHing either Posada or Alex Rodriguez. There is an off day between the Diamondback and Dodgers series, though.
“You’re looking at three days in a row at the most on that road trip after we lose our DH,” Girardi said.
• When the Yankees do make a move to drop their third catcher, Girardi said he will add a position player, not a pitcher. “I imagine we would stay with the 12-man pitching staff,” he said.
• Girardi said Alex Rodriguez feels better today, but Girardi’s still not ready to put him in the field. “I know he’s going to take ground balls today,” Girardi said. “We’ll just check with him tomorrow and see how he feels… More of it is him having the confidence that he can make the necessary moves that he needs to make.”
• As for Rodriguez taking it easy running the bases yesterday: “To me I take that as being pretty smart actually,” Girardi said. “If he gets into second, we’re still down three runs. His run doesn’t really mean anything.”
• Nick Johnson is still a long way from swinging a bat. “I have not been given a date when he’s going to pick up a bat, and usually that’s when I know we’re getting close,” Girardi said.
• Alfredo Aceves, though, is getting closer to getting on a mound. Girardi said there’s still no date scheduled for him to throw in the bullpen, but he’s able to play catch without pain. “He’s been playing catch and so far he feels OK,” Girardi said. “They’ll just continue building the distance and the intensity of it.”
• Girardi’s not worried about his bullpen depth tonight and didn’t rule out the idea of using Boone Logan. He said there was no real thought given to bringing up a pitcher
Shane Victorino CF
Chase Utley 2B
Placido Polanco 3B
Ryan Howard 1B
Jayson Werth RF
Raul Ibanez LF
Ben Francisco DH
Carlos Ruiz C
Wilson Valdez SS
Associated Press photos of Posada and Rodriguez, talking to Ramiro Pena.