Retired catcher Jorge Posada criticized baseball players, including former Yankees teammate Alex Rodriguez, who used performance-enhancing drugs during an interview on Wednesday, saying it's not "fair" for them to be in the Hall of Fame.

On Thursday, however, he checked his swing.

Posada apologized to Rodriguez and softened his tone during an interview on WFAN's "Boomer and Carton Show," though he didn't exactly backtrack on his Hall opinion.

"I tried to text him yesterday," Posada said. "I felt like I was cornered into this answer. I know better. I was really caught off guard, because he was my first interview down in Miami."

Promoting his new book, "The Journey Home: My Life in Pinstripes," Posada made comments Wednesday to CBS News correspondent Mark Strassmann on the "CBS This Morning" show that "the guys that need to be in the Hall of Fame need to be a player that played with no controversy."

Posada specifically was asked about Rodriguez by Strassmann and said, "I don't think it's fair. I really don't."

On Thursday, however, the former All-Star and five-time World Series champion said he was pressured into the answer.

"I felt like the guy kept pushing towards that response, and I should have known better," Posada said on WFAN.