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Posada sprains left ring finger

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada singles in the bottom

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada singles in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays, Sunday. (July 4, 2010) Photo Credit: Christopher Pasatieri

Jorge Posada just can't seem to catch a break.

The Yankees catcher - who was activated from the disabled list last month - was lifted in the seventh inning of yesterday's 7-6, 10-inning victory over Toronto after a foul tip off the bat of Fred Lewis clipped his glove hand.

The team described his injury as a sprained left ring finger. X-rays were negative and Posada is listed as day-to-day. He was replaced by Francisco Cervelli.

"It's frustrating," said Posada, who crouched in obvious pain after being hit. "Once I'm feeling good at the plate and getting comfortable there, something happens . . . It's just one of those years. Hopefully, the second half is better."

Posada was activated from the disabled list June 2 after missing 15 games with a hairline fracture of his right foot. He is hitting .207 (18-for-87) since his return.

"I have protection in the glove and still it's painful when I get a foul tip off of it," he said. "It's going to happen. It's part of the game. When you're behind the plate, you're going to get a lot of them.''

No Braden

The Yankees open a series in Oakland Monday night, but Alex Rodriguez will not get to face Dallas Braden. The Athletics lefthander is on the disabled list.

It was Braden who got into a hissing match with A-Rod over whether it is proper to cross the pitcher's mound after a foul ball. A-Rod later said he didn't want to "extend the 15 minutes of fame he already has."

Less than three weeks later, Braden pitched a perfect game, after which his grandmother said, "Stick it, A-Rod."

Braden, however, told the San Francisco Chronicle Sunday: "I'm way over it. My 15-minute timer went off a long time ago."

Trainer's room

Nick Johnson (wrist surgery) will head to Tampa to begin injury rehab with an eye toward a late July return, at best, after getting examined by his doctor Saturday.


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