Posada seen likely to return to action this season

Jorge Posada's shoulder injury does not appear to be season-threatening.

That's the early word on the New York Yankees catcher following an exam by Dr. James Andrews on Monday, according to a report in the Newark Star-Ledger.

Posada was placed on the 15-day disabled list for the first time in his career on Monday, ending a remarkable run of durability at baseball's most physically demanding position.

The 36-year-old, who has caught at least 120 games in each of the past eight seasons, finally succumbed to pain in his right shoulder that he had been feeling for most of the season's first month.

While the early indications point to a return this season for Posada, a complete diagnosis won't be known for a few more days.

With Posada out, Jose Molina will take over the starting catching duties. The Yankees also recalled 26-year-old Chris Stewart from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.

On Sunday, an emotional Posada said he was worried that his shoulder, which had been acting up for weeks, was more damaged than initial tests showed. An MRI revealed a strain and Posada was hoping rest and rehab could strengthen his shoulder enough to let him play.

He sat out for a few games and seemed to be making progress but felt pain in his shoulder while making a throw to third base after a strikeout on Saturday. The pain lingered the following day and Posada, who had a torn labrum repaired in the shoulder by Andrews after the 2001 season, decided it was time to find out exactly what was wrong.

"Jorge has been frustrated because it hasn't responded the way he had hoped," manager Joe Girardi said. "I think players always think the worst, and managers think the best."

Girardi said if Posada only has a strained shoulder, surgery will not be necessary.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.