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Girardi has a catching rotation, too

Yankees manager Joe Girardi returns to the dugout

Yankees manager Joe Girardi returns to the dugout after taking out pitcher Phil Hughes in the 6th inning against the Seattle Mariners. (June 29, 2010) Photo Credit: John Dunn

Jorge Posada showed up Friday expecting to be in the lineup for the first game of the Red Sox series. "I thought I was in there and I wasn't for some reason,'' Posada said before yesterday's game, in which he caught CC Sabathia and had an RBI single while batting in the No. 5 spot.

Joe Girardi said Friday that part of his concern was the cyst behind the catcher's left knee that acted up last week in Cleveland, but Posada said, "I could have played. I was fine."

Girardi said Saturdaythat staying in "rotation" also played a role in having Francisco Cervelli catch. Counting Friday, Cervelli has caught Javier Vazquez's last 15 starts. "We've had a [catching] rotation here and it's been successful and it's pretty much what I'm going to stick to," Girardi said. "Will it change from time to time? Possibly, but Cervy's caught Javy and A.J. [Burnett] mostly, and I've stuck to that rotation because it's been successful."

If that's the case, Cervelli is likely to be behind the plate when Burnett starts tonight. "That's something I'll look at," Girardi said. "Let me make tomorrow's lineup tomorrow; let me worry about today's today."

Posada, who turns 39 Aug. 17, said draining or even removing the cyst is something that would be considered after the season.

 

Pettitte still progressing

Andy Pettitte (strained left groin) said he felt "great" a day after throwing his first full bullpen session Friday and is ready for the next step. He'll throw another bullpen session tomorrow, and if there are no setbacks, he will head to Tampa and throw some kind of simulated game, likely on Thursday.

Should that go well, a rehab start with one of the minor- league affiliates would follow.

 

Extra bases

CC Sabathia is undefeated in his last 18 starts at the Stadium since the 2009 All-Star break, going 13-0 with a 2.25 ERA.

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