Posada sits with left knee cyst

CLEVELAND -- Jorge Posada said he has a cyst behind his left knee that causes him pain from time to time, and Tuesday night was one of those times.

The New York Yankees' 38-year-old catcher was removed from the starting lineup about 20 minutes before the game with the Cleveland Indians and will not catch Wednesday night either, but both Posada and manager Joe Girardi say he will be available to DH.

"I could have played today, no question about it," Posada said after the Yankees had lost, 4-1, having been handcuffed by Josh Tomlin, a 25-year-old right-hander making his first major league start. "But they wanted to give me a couple of days off."

Girardi learned of Posada's discomfort from bench coach Tony Pena, in whom Posada confided right after the Yankees finished batting practice.

"Up to the last minute, I was going but when I tried to squat down I felt it," Posada said. "I've been having issues with it throughout but tonight it was just a little more achy than usual."

Francisco Cervelli started in Posada's place and in a key moment of the game, lost control of the ball on a potential play at the plate, allowing Asdrubal Cabrera to score the Indians' first run in the third inning.

"It looked like he was in decent position," Girardi said of Cervelli, "But [Cabrera] just knocked the ball out of his glove when he slid."

Posada, hitting .269 with 12 homers and 38 RBIs in 69 games, is not expected to go on the disabled list, where he spent 15 days between May 17 and June 1 after suffering a broken right foot from a foul tip. He said the area will be treated with ice to reduce inflammation and he hopes to return to catching later in the week.

Wallace Matthews covers the Yankees for ESPNNewYork.com. Follow him on Twitter.

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