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Posada Held Out Due To Shoulder Issues

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 24, 2013 at 03:22 AM
TAMPA -

Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was scratched from the starting lineup for Saturday's game against Minnesota because of minor soreness and weakness in his surgically repaired right shoulder.

Posada was the scheduled to be the designated hitter before being dropped from the lineup about an hour before gametime.

"I'm not concerned at all," said Posada, who had shoulder surgery July 30. "I wanted to play to tell you the truth. I don't feel it hitting."

The catcher felt some soreness when he held the bat over his head while in the on-deck circle during Thursday's game against Toronto. He also played in Friday's contest with Minnesota.

Posada has not yet played behind the plate this spring, but both Posada and Yankees manager Joe Girardi still feel that he will be able to catch for the first time on the original target date of March 15th.

He is not expected to resume his throwing program for a couple days.

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