Yanks likely to add catcher after Molina injures hamstring

Updated: April 14, 2008, 2:00 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- New York Yankees catcher Jose Molina injured his hamstring Sunday night, forcing sore-armed Jorge Posada to take over and making the addition of another catcher likely.

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After the Boston Red Sox's 8-5 win Sunday night, Yankees manager said the team probably would add a catcher. They open a two-game series Monday night at Tampa Bay.

"I'm not sure what's going to happen with Molina now," Girardi said. "He hurt his [left] hamstring. That's why we took him out. ... It was pretty bad."

Girardi said Molina was hurt in the fourth inning when he slid in safely on Johnny Damon's sacrifice fly. He trotted slowly to first on a ground out in the sixth and a single in the eighth. Wilson Betemit pinch ran for him, and Posada, who has a sore right shoulder, moved from designated hitter to catcher in the ninth when Boston stole two bases without drawing a throw.

"It's kind of hard," Girardi said. "I was hoping they didn't get anyone on where they could run. It didn't work out that way."

Molina said: "It doesn't feel really, really bad. It's tight."

Shortstop Derek Jeter, who missed his sixth straight game Sunday night with a strained left thigh, might play Monday night, Girardi said.

"We'll make a decision after we go through the workout," he said.


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