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A person familiar with the discussion between Posada and the team told The Associated Press that he “refused” to play. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the situation was still not settled.

The person said the Yankees have been in contact with the commissioner’s office about possible recourse. The Yankees could fine Posada one day’s pay _ that would be $71,978 on his $13.1 million salary. If a player declines to play two days in a row, he could be put on the restricted list.

“Where he hits in the lineup is irrelevant. This is about his back, not about where he’s hitting,” one of Posada’s agents, Sam Levinson, said Saturday night.