- Wallace Matthews, ESPN Staff Writer
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NEW YORK -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada, out since May 20 with a hairline fracture of his right foot caused by a foul ball off his shoe in a May 16 game against the Twins, could return to action as early as this week against the Baltimore Orioles.
"He took live BP today and felt great," manager Joe Girardi said. "The next step is to see how he feels tomorrow and if he feels good, we might even see him run on the field. If he's OK after that we could have a player fairly soon."
That would seem to suit Posada, who said he hoped to play before the Yankees leave for a road trip to Toronto and Baltimore next Friday. They have home games with the Orioles Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
"I would like to play in those," Posada said. "I hope so, but I don't know what they want, so we'll see how it goes."
Originally, the Yankees said Posada would be out of action for 4-6 weeks, and projected a late June return for the 38-year-old catcher. But before Sunday's game between the Yankees and Indians, Posada strongly disagreed with that prognosis and expressed some irritation with the course of treatment prescribed by the team.
"I don't need no four to six weeks," Posada said in the clubhouse before going out to take live batting practice. "But I don't know what the plans are. I'm just coming in here every day, and every day they change things, they tell me something different. It's not exciting at all."
Posada's foot was placed in a protective boot last week, a measure the catcher said was counterproductive to his recovery.
"Tell you the truth, the foot felt better without the boot than with the boot," he said. "Everything else is hurting because of the boot, the hip and back and everything, so I took it off."
Posada had a second MRI last Thursday which, he said, revealed the injury had healed.
"I think I'm ready to play," he said. "But it's up to them. If they would tell me anything, I would tell you. But they haven't told me anything. I would like to know what's going on."
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