Yankees' Posada undergoes knee surgery

Sports Network

, Last Updated: 3:22 PM ET

BRONX, N.Y. -- New York Yankees catcher Jorge Posada underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on Wednesday.

According to MLB.com, Posada had a torn meniscus in his knee repaired during a procedure in Miami. The Yankees expect Posada to be ready for spring training.

Where Posada plays in 2011 has been a question, however, and it appears he will be the club's primary designated hitter.

According to the New York Daily News, Posada met with Yankees general manager Brian Cashman on Monday and was informed that his catching duties will be limited next season.

Posada's wife, Laura, confirmed the reports on Tuesday, posting messages on her Facebook and Twitter accounts saying her husband will be the team's designated hitter next season.

The 39-year-old Posada caught just 78 games in 2010 and struggled throwing out runners late in the season. He batted only .248 in 120 games overall with 18 homers and 57 runs batted in.

Posada has one year remaining on a four-year deal he signed after a banner 2007 season, in which he hit .338 with 20 homers and 90 runs batted in.

The Yankees will go into spring training with three candidates for the primary catching role. Francisco Cervelli split duties with Posada in 2010, while prospects Jesus Montero and Austin Romine will also get a look in Tampa.

Montero is considered one of New York's top prospects and was almost traded last July. He was part of the proposed deal with Seattle that would have landed Cliff Lee.


Videos

Photos