Yankees Shopping for Catching Help After Posada Goes on DL

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees executives will meet Thursday in Tampa, Florida to discuss trade possibilities after catcher Jorge Posada was placed on the disabled list.

Word as of Wednesday afternoon was that the Yankees were looking everywhere for a catcher. They have checked in on a number of possibilities, including Texas Rangers' Gerald Laird, Washington's Paul Lo Duca, Kansas City's Miguel Olivo and Toronto's Rod Barajas.

On the disabled list for the second time this season, Posada had his throwing shoulder examined by New York Mets medical director Dr. David Altchek on Tuesday, and surgery was again recommended.

An MRI showed fraying in the tendons around the labrum, but not a rotator cuff tear, Posada said Wednesday.

He missed more than a month earlier this season with right rotator cuff tendinitis.

Posada wants to put off surgery on his right shoulder, even if it means sacrificing the start of next season. Posada says he has 15 days to make a decision.

"I'll rehab it and see how it feels and have a decision by then," says Posada.

In his 14th season, Posada is extremely proud about being a full-time catcher his entire career. But he said that if he is to continue playing this season, catching is "out of the question" for the remainder of the year.

Posada is hitting .268 with 3 homers and 22 RBIs in 168 at-bats this season.

Looking to add depth to their rotation, the Yankees are also keeping their eyes on Bronson Arroyo of the Cincinnati Reds and Jarrod Washburn of the Seattle Mariners. The non-waiver trade deadline is July 31.