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 Thursday’s 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. “He’s not going to sit that long.”

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

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

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

“I really don’t miss those days, I’ve got to tell you,” Girardi said. “You really know that the only day you’re really going to feel good during the season is the first day of spring training.”