Posada back in Yankees lineup

CLEVELAND -- Jorge Posada returned to the New York Yankees' lineup as the designated hitter for Wednesday's game against the Indians at Progressive Field, after being given Tuesday night off because of soreness behind his left knee.

"It feels better,'' Posada said in the Yankees clubhouse. "I mean, it's still there and it's gonna be there. But it's OK to DH.''

Posada was in the lineup as the catcher on Tuesday night, before manager Joe Girardi replaced him with Francisco Cervelli a few minutes before game time.

"When he's the DH it doesn't bother him," Girardi said. "We'll give him a day here or there of rest, too."

Posada described the injury as a cyst caused by the wear and tear of squatting behind the plate for 16 major league seasons.

"It's something I've dealt with off and on since 2006," Posada said of the soreness. "Usually, once I get loose, I'm fine."

According to Yankees trainer Gene Monahan, the official name of the injury is a Baker cyst, which is caused when fluid accumulates in the knee joint and pushes out toward the back of the knee. Treatment can range from ice to draining to, in some cases, surgery.

"So far, it's just been heat before [games], ice afterward,'' Posada said of the treatments employed. "We'll see after the season.''

Posada, at 38 the oldest starting catcher in the major leagues, has spent one stint on the disabled list this season, missing 15 games after a foul ball off the bat of the Twins' Michael Cuddyer broke a bone in his right foot on May 17.

The veteran switch-hitter was slated to bat sixth on Wednesday, while Cervelli was listed to be behind the plate again. Posada said he hoped to be able to catch in Thursday night's finale against the Indians.

"It's just part of being a catcher,'' Posada said. "It comes and goes and it basically bothers me toward the later part of the season. It's been here for about the last week or so. You just deal with it.''

Posada went 1-for-3 with a run in the Yankees' 3-2 win Monday night. He is hitting .269 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 69 games this season.

Posada has caught 1,532 games, third on the Yankees behind Hall of Famers Bill Dickey (1,708) and Yogi Berra (1,632). Posada has played in 1,663 games overall and has 255 homers, 1,002 RBIs and a .277 average. He got his 1,000th RBI on Friday night.

"This is just the wear and tear of catching," Posada said.

Wallace Matthews is a columnist for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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