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Saturday, September 10, 2005
Posada (jammed shoulder) sits vs. Red Sox

Associated Press

NEW YORK -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was out of the starting lineup Saturday, a day after he was knocked over by Boston's Jason Varitek in a home-plate collision.

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"He had a jammed shoulder last night," Yankees manager Joe Torre said. "He tried swinging the bat, got treatment this morning and it just didn't respond enough for him to be a player today. He was able to do all the motions, but it just wasn't going to happen today."

Posada was not available for comment before Saturday's game but said through Yankees spokesman Rick Cerrone that he could have been in the lineup if the team needed him.

Torre, a former All-Star catcher, said he told Posada a story from his playing days involving a catcher vs. catcher collision.

"When I was playing with the Cardinals, and Jerry Grote always had a way of aggravating people, so you go and get him, and I got him one time -- with my speed, I didn't get many people," Torre said. "I thought I was going to get him again, and you close your eyes just before you have that impact, and he was missing, I rolled halfway to the dugout. I hit nobody."

Torre thought Varitek made a clean play on Posada, who was trying to get a good grip on Derek Jeter's relay throw in the third inning.

"If he had the ball, he could have sort of sidestepped him or tagged him or put himself in better position," Torre said.

Gary Sheffield was out of the starting lineup for the third straight game with a tight left thigh, which forced him from Wednesday's game against Tampa Bay in the first inning. Sheffield tried to take batting practice Friday but stopped when he couldn't plant the leg. He planned to try to take BP again Saturday.

Torre said Sheffield would first return as a pinch hitter, then a designated hitter before going back to right field.

Right-hander Mike Mussina, recovering from elbow inflammation, planned to play catch for the second straight day. If all goes well, he intends to throw a bullpen session Tuesday and return to the rotation during the Yankees' final homestand, which runs from Sept. 19 to 25.