Yanks' Posada could go to DL

Updated: May 4, 2010, 7:45 PM ET
By Andrew Marchand | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The Yankees plan to see how Jorge Posada's mild right calf strain reacts to rest before re-evaluating if he needs to go on the disabled list.

"At this point, we are not DL'ing him," Joe Girardi said prior to the Yankees-Orioles game on Tuesday night.

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The Yankees play Wednesday afternoon against the Orioles before a day off Thursday. Next, they go to Fenway to face the Red Sox.

"We are probably not going to play him the next two days," Girardi said. "I think we have to take a look at him on Friday to see where he is at."

On Monday, Posada left in the sixth inning. He underwent an MRI that revealed the mild strain. On Tuesday, he felt that the calf was improving. He said that he could pinch-hit and catch in an emergency.

"Running is going to be tough," Posada said.

Posada, 38, said he really has "no idea" how long he would be out because he has never had this type of injury before.

"He doesn't really have a lot of pain," Girardi said. "He walks normal. We just have to see how that reacts over the next few days to treatment."

The Yankees chose not to call up a catcher for Tuesday's game, an indication they think Posada will avoid the DL. Instead, they brought up outfielder Greg Golson to replace reliever Mark Melancon.

Andrew Marchand covers baseball for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Andrew Marchand is a senior writer for ESPNNewYork. He also regularly contributes to SportsCenter, Baseball Tonight, ESPNews, ESPN New York 98.7 FM and ESPN Radio. He joined ESPN in 2007 after nine years at the New York Post. Follow Andrew on Twitter »

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