Posada out after taking foul tip to hand

Updated: July 5, 2010, 4:14 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada left Sunday's Yankees-Blue Jays game at Yankee Stadium in the seventh inning with what the Yankees announced was a sprained ring finger on his left hand. X-rays of the finger were negative, and Posada's status is day to day.

After Sunday's game, Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Posada would not catch at Oakland on Monday night. Posada said he wasn't sure if he would even be available to pinch hit.

Posada was attempting to catch a foul tip off the bat of Fred Lewis when his hand twisted backward and he winced in obvious pain. Posada was examined by team trainer Gene Monahan behind home plate, and then left the field flexing his hand. He was replaced by Francisco Cervelli.

Posada, 38, missed 15 games between May 17 and June 1 with a hairline fracture of his right foot, suffered when he took a foul tip off the top of his shoe. He is currently batting .267 with nine home runs and 28 RBIs.

The Yankees beat the Blue Jays 7-6 on Sunday on pinch-hitter Marcus Thames' game-ending single in the bottom of the 10th inning.

Wallace Matthews is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

Wallace Matthews has covered New York sports since 1983 as a reporter, columnist, radio host and TV commentator. He covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com after working for Newsday, the New York Post, the New York Sun and ESPN New York 98.7 FM.
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