- Associated Press - Sunday, May 15, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) - Yankees manager Joe Girardi says Jorge Posada has apologized to him in a face-to-face conversation, one day after the slumping star asked to be removed from the lineup and ended up in a messy public spat with management.

Posada was not in the lineup Sunday night against Boston left-hander Jon Lester, but the five-time All-Star was smiling in the Yankee Stadium clubhouse and appeared generally relaxed.

Posada says he had a bad day Saturday and his frustration boiled over. He calmly answered a string of questions from reporters and then went out to take batting practice.

Girardi might have been planning to put Posada on the bench Sunday regardless of the strange saga that’s played out. The 39-year-old switch-hitter is 0 for 24 against left-handed pitchers this season.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP’s earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Jorge Posada was not in the New York Yankees‘ lineup Sunday night for their series finale against Boston, one day after the slumping star asked to sit out and ended up in a messy public spat with management.

Regardless of the strange saga that played out Saturday, manager Joe Girardi might have been planning to put Posada on the bench. The switch-hitter is 0 for 24 against left-handed pitchers this season, and the Yankees were set to face Red Sox lefty Jon Lester.

Before batting practice Saturday _ when Posada was still slated to hit ninth against right-hander Josh Beckett _ Girardi wouldn’t commit to staying with Posada against lefties.

Andruw Jones was listed as the designated hitter Sunday night. Posada was in the clubhouse at Yankee Stadium and set to take batting practice with the backups.

Posada and Girardi had not yet met with reporters.

Hitting .165 this season and struggling to adapt to his new role as DH, the 39-year-old Posada was dropped to the No. 9 spot in the original lineup Saturday. A proud veteran and respected clubhouse leader, he said he put himself in that position and understood the move.

But about an hour before the game, Posada went into Girardi’s office and requested that he be removed from the lineup. The five-time All-Star said he needed a night off to clear his head.

After the game, Posada said his back had stiffened up while taking practice grounders at first base, but also acknowledged that he feels “a little bit” disrespected by the team.

That’s where it got complicated, though.

Posada never mentioned to Girardi or general manager Brian Cashman that his back was bothering him. And the Yankees weren’t pleased that he didn’t play.

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