Girardi, Yankees monitoring Posada's injury

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Jorge Posada was out of the lineup as expected Thursday and could be sidelined for at least a few more days after getting hit on the knuckle by a foul tip Wednesday.

Posada, who did not speak with reporters before Thursdays Yankees-Rangers game, was hit on the same finger -- the ring finger on his left hand -- a few weeks ago.

Manager Joe Girardi said the Yankees training staff was already at work trying to figure out how Posada can catch with a pad on his finger. No one expects it to heal until after the season.

The problem is to completely heal it would probably need 10 days, would be my guess, 10 days to two weeks, Girardi said. Hes not going to sit that long.

Girardi did not completely rule out Posada going on the shelf, though.

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Its something well discuss with the doctor, he said. Im just making the assumption that it would heal in 10 days. Im not sure. It might even be more than that. Well continue to talk to the doctors and [trainer Gene Monahan] and decide what they need. But catchers are used to being nicked up. Its just part of the trade. If its not one thing its another. If we feel that he can play at his high level, then hes going to play.

Girardi knows of what he speaks since he caught in the majors for 15 years.

I really dont miss those days, Ive got to tell you, Girardi said. You really know that the only day youre really going to feel good during the season is the first day of spring training.

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