Posada plays in extended spring game

TAMPA, Fla. -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada may be able to rejoin the team for a weekend series in Cleveland after missing more than three weeks because of a strained right hamstring.

"It's possible as early as Friday, yeah," New York manager Joe Girardi said before Wednesday night's game at Texas. "He's a big bat we've been missing. He's another big bat to add to the middle of that order. We'll wait to see how he feels and go from there. If he feels fine, there's a good chance we'll activate him Friday."

Posada caught for five innings in an extended spring training intrasquad game on Wednesday. He hurt himself May 4 against Boston and is on the 15-day disabled list.

Posada ran from first to third on a single and threw out a runner trying to steal second base in the intrasquad game. The five-time AL All-Star played three innings in the field during a simulated game Tuesday.

Girardi said he doesn't want to take any chances with his starting catcher.

"I want to make sure he's 100 percent," Girardi said. "We expect him to be able to catch and catch nine innings."

Outfielder Xavier Nady (right elbow ligament) and infielder Cody Ransom (right quadriceps) also took part in the extended spring game as designated hitters.

Nady went 1 for 3 with a walk. Ransom hit a long homer off Humberto Sanchez and walked twice.

Backup catcher Jose Molina, out with a left quadriceps strain, went through extensive defensive drills, but did not participate in the extended spring game.