Posada pressed into service as Yankees catcher
ANAHEIM – Jorge Posada made his 2011 catching debut on Saturday for the Yankees, pressed into service after Russell Martin took a foul tip off of his right hand.
Posada entered for the third inning, strapping the gear on in a game situation for the first time all year, including Spring Training.
He was almost immediately tested by the Angels’ Howie Kendrick, and Posada threw out Kendrick stealing at second base for the first out of the inning.
Because of concern over repeated concussions, the 40-year-old veteran had been relegated to emergency backup status, behind Martin and Francisco Cervelli.
But Cervelli was scratched from Saturday’s lineup due to concussion symptoms of his own, and Jesus Montero – the other catcher on New York’s roster – was serving as the designated hitter.
Martin was drilled in the right thumb by a Maicer Izturis foul tip in the second inning, drawing blood, but stayed in the game to complete the inning.
However, Martin air-mailed his throw to second base into center field while warming up CC Sabathia in the third, at which point manager Joe Girardi called him back into the dugout.