Jose Molina did some base-running drills before the game last night and joked afterward that he’s still not fast.
But he was able to run from second base to home with adequate enough speed to score on a single, which is all the Yankees really need him to do. Then he stood at the plate and made a series of strong throws to second base.
Molina will repeat that drill tomorrow and then the Yankees will decide when and where he goes on a rehab assignment. He will be ready to rejoin the team soon enough, maybe in a week or so.
What happens then?
Jorge Posada is the primary catcher, period. He’s not going to be the DH because the Yankees aren’t releasing or trading Hideki Matsui. Whether you agree with this notion or not, Posada is the catcher and Matsui is the DH.
When Molina is ready, he’ll be on the roster as he is one of the best backup catchers in the league. The pitchers love throwing to him, he knows the league and he’ll get you a double every now and then. They Yankees aren’t releasing him or trading him.
Could the Yankees carry three catchers? Maybe.
Now that Xavier Nady is done for the season, the outfield isn’t changing. It’ll be Johnny Damon, Nick Swisher, Melky Cabrera and Brett Gardner.
Cody Ransom is sticking around to back up A-Rod and play wherever else they need him.
The decision comes down to keeping Cervelli or Ramiro Pena.
There are two schools of thought:
Keep three catchers: This would allow the Yankees to DH Posada a little more often and then pinch hit for Molina or Cervelli.
Keep Pena: He’s more versatile and a good pinch runner.
Plan C: Send Cervelli and Pena back to the minors. The rookies need to play and get at-bats instead of getting dusty on the bench in the majors. They’ll be back in September and probably on the team for good next season. Activate Molina and use the other roster spot to add a better pinch hitter, somebody like Shelley Duncan or John Rodriguez.
Or maybe you have your own plan.
Me? I send the kids down so they play, activate Molina and add a good bat.