Posada ahead of schedule, takes batting practice

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Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list just 11 days ago with a hairline fracture in his right foot.  According to MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch, he is already chomping at the bit to return.

Posada took batting practice on Sunday afternoon at Yankee Stadium and is no longer wearing a protective boot on his foot.  He’s hoping to begin a running program within the next week, and a minor league rehab assignment should soon follow.

“I need more hitting, and we’ll see,” Posada said Sunday. “I think if I hit
today and tomorrow, we’ll see. Running is the thing. I’ve got to run
the bases and all of that stuff. If it feels fine after that, we’ll
see.”

The veteran backstop left behind a .326 batting average, a .406 on-base percentage, six home runs and 14 RBI, accomplished in 89 at-bats.  When he was originally diagnosed with the foot fracture the Yankees estimated that he would miss about a month.  It sure looks like he’ll be ready sooner than that.

Tigers sign Francisco Liriano

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Tigers have signed Francisco Liriano to a one-year, $4 million contract.

Liriano split time between the Blue Jays and Astros last year, putting up a 5.66 ERA in 38 games, 18 of which were starts, striking out 85 and walking 53 in 97 innings. He pitched two-thirds on an inning in the World Series, but overall it was a pretty substandard season. But hey, those innings ain’t gonna eat themselves, and Liriano will eat some in Detroit.

Not to speak ill of him: he is almost certainly the second best Francisco Li- player in the division.