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Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Updated: April 23, 6:06 PM ET
A-Rod in Miami after daughter's birth, but Posada in lineup

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CHICAGO -- The New York Yankees welcomed back one star, but their biggest name was not on the lineup card.

Injured third baseman Alex Rodriguez missed his first game of the season, sitting out for Tuesday's 9-5 win against the Chicago White Sox.

Worth Every Dollar

Since signing his record-
setting contract with the Rangers, Alex Rodriguez has shown up for work almost every day.

Year
Games
At-bats
2001 162 632
2002 162 624
2003 161 607
2004 155 601
2005 162 605
2006 154 572
2007 158 583
AVG. 159 603

Rodriguez, batting .308 with four homers and 10 RBIs, strained his right quadriceps Sunday at Baltimore. Morgan Ensberg was listed as the starting third baseman against Chicago.

Jorge Posada, though, was back behind the plate for his first start at catcher since April 8 and went 1-for-5.

Posada has been bothered by a sore right arm. He did not play at all Sunday after starting at first base Saturday in Baltimore.

"I'm happy they really took the time and made sure everything was fine and giving me all the time in the world to get back," Posada said before the game. "You understand you want to be back, but I'm happy I'm back now.

Rodriguez will rejoin the team on Thursday. He will be re-evaluated then to see how well his quadriceps has responded to treatment. It was unknown when he would play again.

The third baseman was in Miami, where his wife gave birth to their second daughter Monday night.

"Everyone is going well. A new baby girl, so that's exciting," Yankees manager Joe Girardi said Tuesday.

"Obviously he has his little quad problem. He'll rejoin us Thursday. I don't know if he'll be able to play Thursday, we'll just see how the treatments go and how he responds to it."

The Yankees want to make sure they don't hurry him back too soon.

"We'll make that evaluation on Thursday, where we think he's at," Girardi said. "One thing you can't do is rush him and then lose him for a long period of time."

But then again, the Yankees need him back whenever he's ready.

"We don't want to DL him if he could be back four or five, six, seven days," Girardi said.

Girardi said Rodriguez was planning to get treatment Tuesday.

"Alex is such a great conditioned athlete that hopefully. ... maybe he responds quicker to treatment than a normal being," Girardi said. "He said he was going to shoot for Friday, maybe Thursday, but he didn't think he'd be able to play before that."

Posada said he expected to have his arm tested.

"Am I going to throw anybody out? We'll see. I have no idea," he said. "I'm going to be able to throw and try to be as quick as I can."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.