Yanks' Posada getting close to returning

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada ran the bases and in the field, and took batting practice, before Monday's Yankees win over the Cleveland Indians.

Posada is eligible to come off the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.

Posada was placed on the DL on May 20 with a hairline fracture in his right foot. Posada hurt his foot on May 16 when he fouled a ball off his cleat against the Minnesota Twins.

"Once he runs there's really not a whole lot more that he needs to do," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said before the game. "I think we need to see him run and we need to see how he bounces back the next day and then [Posada will return] fairly quickly after that."

Girardi said it's unlikely that Posada will have to play in minor league games to get his timing back before he returns to the field. He also said he'd like to see Posada run without a noticeable limp before penciling him into the lineup.

"Tomorrow's a big day," Girardi said after the game. "If that foot feels good, he's close."

Ian Begley is a contributor to ESPNNewYork.com.

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