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Girardi being conservative with Posada

Updated: April 18, 2009, 9:55 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Yankees manager Joe Girardi is determined to go slow with Jorge Posada just nine months after the veteran catcher had major surgery on his right shoulder.

Girardi replaced Posada with Jose Molina before the ninth inning of New York's 6-5 win over the Cleveland Indians on Friday. Posada wanted to stay in the game but Girardi is hoping to avoid a repeat of last year, when one of the key cogs in the Yankees lineup played in just 51 games because of his ailing shoulder.

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