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Season-ending surgery for Posada

Associated Press

Jorge Posada will have season-ending surgery on his right shoulder, ending his attempt to return to the New York Yankees’ lineup for the team’s playoff push.

The All-Star catcher has struggled with shoulder pain most of the season, weakening his throws and limiting his playing time behind the plate.

On the disabled list for the second time this year, Posada was trying to rehabilitate his shoulder enough to come back as a DH or first baseman this season. But after the Yankees acquired slugger Xavier Nady in a trade with Pittsburgh on Saturday, they decided it was best for Posada to have surgery, general manager Brian Cashman said.

•The Pirates added newly acquired pitcher Jeff Karstens to the major league roster before their game against the Colorado Rockies.

Karstens, a 25-year-old right-hander, was one of four players the Pirates obtained from the New York Yankees on Saturday for outfielder Xavier Nady and reliever Damaso Marte.

New members to Hall board

Phil Niekro, Bob DuPuy and Jerry Reinsdorf are the newest members on the Hall of Fame’s board of directors.

They were elected Saturday during the Hall’s induction weekend.

Niekro is enshrined in the Hall, having won 318 games during a 24-year career. DuPuy has been president and chief operating officer of Major League Baseball since 2002. Reinsdorf is chairman of the board of the Chicago White Sox.

Burnett staying put

Pitcher A.J. Burnett will be sticking with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Asked whether the Blue Jays would deal Burnett before Thursday’s trade deadline, general manager J.P. Ricciardi was emphatic.

“He’s not going anywhere,” Ricciardi said before Burnett pitched against Tampa Bay.

Burnett matched his career high with his 12th victory in a 3-1 win over Tampa Bay on Monday.

Jones, Hudson placed on DL

The Atlanta Braves put Chipper Jones and Tim Hudson on the 15-day disabled list, a setback for a team trying to revive its fading hopes in the N.L. East.

Jones leads the majors in hitting at .369. He hurt his left hamstring Wednesday night running out a grounder and has been slow to heal.

The right-handed Hudson is 11-7 with a 3.17 ERA. He has been feeling tightness in his pitching elbow.

Both went on the DL retroactive to last Friday, the latest in a devastating series of injuries to strike the Braves this season.

Clearing the bases

Chicago Cubs first base coach Matt Sinatro was suspended for two games after making contact with an umpire during a weekend dispute. … The Florida Marlins’ rotation received a boost when right-hander Anibal Sanchez rejoined the team.