Originally created 05/15/04

Posada feeling better, but still out with broken nose



NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada had the bandage removed from his broken nose Friday and much of the swelling to his face had subsided, but he remained out of lineup for the New York Yankees' game against Seattle.

The catcher, who was injured by a throw while trying to break up a double play Wednesday against Anaheim, said he expected to sit out Saturday's game, too.

"Maybe, Sunday," he said of a possible return to action. "Most likely Tuesday."

Posada said he was still having headaches, but was feeling better two days after surgery.

He said he could be available to pinch hit Saturday or Sunday, but the decision probably will be made by team doctors and manager Joe Torre.

"They're going to try to keep me out," Posada said.

Torre said he'll be cautious with the four-time All-Star.

"With an off day Monday, we're not going to push the envelope," he said.

The Yankees play at Anaheim on Tuesday night.

David Parrish, who was called up to give New York a third catcher, will remain with the team until Posada is back in the starting lineup, Torre said. John Flaherty replaced Posada behind the plate for a second straight game.

Posada was batting .302 with a team-leading eight homers and 23 RBIs.

Meanwhile, first baseman Jason Giambi was also out of New York's starting lineup Friday night. He left Thursday's game early.

Giambi, who has a nagging left knee injury, was out with a sore left hip. Torre said he planned to have the All-Star back at first base for Saturday's game.

"It's nothing serious," Torre said.

Tony Clark started at first, and designated hitter Ruben Sierra was inserted in Giambi's usual cleanup spot.