Two days after taking a foul tip off his right foot, Jorge Posada was not in the lineup again last night.
Posada, who said he was unavailable on Monday, said he could pinch hit last night and hoped to play Wednesday night when the Yankees host the Rays.
Posada has been hobbled since being hit on the top of the right foot by a foul tip off the bat of the Twins' Michael Cuddyer Sunday. He said the pain immediately traveled to the bottom of his foot, which is where the swelling resides. X-rays were negative, he said.
"I don't know what it is," Posada said. "The bottom of my foot is barking . . . It still feels funny walking on it, so imagine playing on it."
Posada has had three separate injuries already this season. He was hit on the right knee by a pitch April 28 and also missed time with a right calf injury. He thinks the calf injury was related to the knee pain. But the sore foot is brand new.
"It feels weird," he said. "For some reason, I guess, nerves or something messed up the bottom of [the foot]."
Alfredo Aceves said he's felt "very good" since receiving an epidural shot in his lower back Friday, and he hopes to throw Thursdayfor the first time since landing on the DL May 12. "Everything was good," said Aceves, who has a bulging disc.
Swisher still sitting
Nick Swisher took batting practice lefthanded off the tee Tuesday for the first time since leaving the second game of last Wednesday's doubleheader in Detroit with tightness in his left biceps, but he still wasn't in the lineup.
He said he didn't feel any recurrence of the tightness and plans to take full BP Wednesday night with the hope of playing against the Rays. "I feel great, I feel fine," Swisher said.