CLEVELAND (AP) -Yankees catcher Jorge Posada was out of the lineup for the second straight game Saturday because of a sore neck, which was improving with treatment and probably won't sideline him much longer.
Posada, who is on a 14-for-28 hitting tear, was hit hard by a foul tip and slept awkwardly while in Toronto earlier this week, leaving him with a stiff neck. He had to come out of a game Wednesday in Toronto after going 0-for-2.
Posada got treatment on Saturday and said the neck was feeling better. Sitting in a leather chair in front of his locker, Posada showed that he could turn his head smoothly to the right, but still hadn't regained full motion the other way.
``He's better,'' manager Joe Torre said. ``If we needed him to play today, he probably could have.''
Torre expected Posada back in the lineup for the final game of the Indians series on Sunday.
Posada pointed to the base of the left side of his neck, fingering the spot that tightened whenever he tried to turn his head too far. He agreed it was better to miss one more day than to play and perhaps make the injury worse.
``You don't want to mess with the neck too much,'' Posada said. ``You play, you aggravated it.
``Sometimes you've just got to play with it. On Monday I had no problem dealing with the pain. You just keep going. That's part of it.''
The Yankees also were short-handed in the bullpen on Saturday. Right-hander Jim Brower left the team to be in Minnesota with his wife, Jessica, who gave birth to the couple's first child. Torre didn't know when he would be back.
``I'm sure we'll hear from him,'' Torre said.
Brower was called up from Triple-A on Monday and pitched one inning in Toronto. He signed a minor league deal with New York on May 3 after he was released by Pittsburgh's Triple-A team.

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