NEW YORK -- Jorge Posada removed himself from the Yankees' starting lineup on Saturday night, and his future with the club was suddenly cast in doubt.
After Posada was dropped to ninth in the batting order by Joe Girardi, Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said that the struggling designated hitter went to the manager's office at about 6 p.m. and asked to be taken out of the lineup at Yankee Stadium.
Posada was replaced by Andruw Jones.
"There was no injury," said Cashman, adding he would not provide any other details of the circumstances or the conversation he had with Posada.
Posada remained on the bench in uniform during the game against the Red Sox. Whether or not he'd be available Sunday night, or join the Yankees on their road trip beginning Monday were unresolved issues.
It was unclear if Posada would speak with reporters after the game.
Before that drama played out in the Bronx, Posada had said all the right things about being knocked down to last in the order. Batting just .165 this season, Posada was set to bat No. 9 for the first time since May 14, 1999 -- exactly 12 years ago.
Though it was one stop removed from putting Posada on the bench, manager Joe Girardi said, "My hope is it gets him going."
Posada reacted evenly to the decision.
"I'm in the lineup, and the only way I'm coming out of (this slump) is by producing," Posada said. "I'm hitting ninth. I put myself in this spot. (But) it's still May."
Girardi said he sought out Posada earlier Saturday afternoon to inform him of the move.
"I told him we made a little bit of a change and that he was still in there and we needed him to be productive," Girardi said prior to scratching Posada. "The conversation was fairly short, and he said, 'OK."'
The switch-hitting Posada, 39, might not start again until Tuesday, since the Yankees are due to face Red Sox lefty Jon Lester on Sunday night and Rays lefty David Price on Monday at Tampa Bay.
Posada was 0-for-24 as a right-handed hitter against lefties entering Saturday's game. As a lefty hitter against right-handers, Posada was batting .212 (18-for-85) with six homers and 15 RBI.
"I'll worry about that as we get to left-handed pitchers in the next few days," Girardi said. He also had said that DH was Posada's position on the club "right now."
Posada repeatedly has said he has felt fine.
"I can say I've felt a lot better at the plate (lately)," said Posada, who had four hits in his last 12 at-bats after snapping an 0-for-15 last Sunday.
Asked if it were a blow to his pride, Posada said, "Not at all," and repeated, "I put myself in this spot."
Girardi also dropped fellow struggling switch-hitter Nick Swisher to eighth in the order. Russell Martin was moved up to No. 6 in the order and Brett Gardner to No. 7.
Again, Posada acknowledged that it's been a difficult transition to a regular DH role after spending a decade as the club's starting catcher. Posada has said he's tried everything between at-bats from the stationary bike to watching video to catching bullpens.
"It's tough," Posada said. "It's not easy."