Posada (tight calf) back behind plate

DETROIT -- Jorge Posada was back behind the plate for the New York Yankees on Monday for the first time since leaving a game against the Baltimore Orioles a week ago due to tightness in his right calf.

Posada, 38, left the May 3 game at Yankee Stadium after five innings. He was diagnosed with a mild calf strain and did not play in the Yankees' next four games. He returned to the Yankees' lineup as the designated hitter Sunday night against the Red Sox in Boston and went hitless in four at-bats.

Manager Joe Girardi hit Posada sixth in the lineup for Monday's game against the Detroit Tigers and Brad Thomas, their left-handed starting pitcher. He went 1-for-2 with two walks in the Yankees' 5-4 loss.

Posada entered Monday hitting .274 with five home runs and 12 RBIs.

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.