Posada to throw to bases in extended spring training game

Updated: May 28, 2008, 12:18 AM ET
Associated Press

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada is set to take a big step in his rehabilitation program for a sore right shoulder Thursday when he is scheduled to resume throwing to the bases in an extended spring training game.

Jorge Posada


The five-time All-Star has been sidelined since April 27. Posada, batting .302 with one homer and 11 RBIs in 63 at-bats, hopes to rejoin the Yankees around June 3.

"We'll see," he said. "So far, so good."

Posada played catch in the outfield and threw to the bases during a pregame workout Tuesday before he caught six innings and went 3-for-6 with a double in his second extended spring game.

"Another step forward," Posada said. "Get some at-bats and now have a day off tomorrow and get ready to throw Thursday. It's just a matter of getting ready to play games."

Four of Posada's at-bats came against injured Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kris Benson, who has a strained groin. Posada went 2-for-4 with a double that went off the right-field fence.

"He was around the plate, and you get some at-bats," Posada said of facing a major-league pitcher.

Benson gave up two runs and five hits in four-plus innings. He struck out four and walked one during his 75-pitch outing.

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