Posada tests shoulder, then goes 1-for-2 in extended spring game

TAMPA, Fla. -- Yankees catcher Jorge Posada increased his rehabilitation program for a sore right shoulder Thursday, making hard throws to second and third during a pregame workout before catching seven innings and going 1-for-2 with two walks in an extended spring training game.

The five-time All-Star has been sidelined since April 27. Posada is scheduled to throw to the bases for the first time in a game during an extended spring contest Saturday.

"It feels good," Posada said. "The more I throw, the better it feels. It's coming along. I'm happy with the throwing today. I think I'm going to DH [Friday] and then Saturday go full-bore."

Posada made five throws to both second and third base after playing catch at up to a distance of 150 feet. He could rejoin the Yankees next week.

"So far, so good," he said

In Thursday's game against Toronto minor leaguers, Posada singled to right and hit into a double play. He is 4-for-13 in three extended spring games.


Yankees RHP Carl Pavano (elbow ligament replacement surgery) might be ready to start throwing off a mound next week. He has been working on a half-mound since last week.