Jorge Posada should be back in the lineup tonight and back behind the plate on Monday, but in the four games since his calf started bothering him, the Yankees have had a more-than-productive substitute in Francisco Cervelli.
“He comes up (last year) and everyone talks about his defense. He’s going to catch, he’s going to throw, he’s going to be great behind the plate,” Mark Teixeira said. “This guy is impressing me more and more every day. He stepped up for a future Hall of Famer. He’s stepping up and doing a great job for Jorge.”
Cervelli has nine hits in the past four games. Yesterday he had five RBI, which he couldn’t remember ever doing in his life.
“Do the best I can,” Cervelli said. “That’s it. Play like it’s the last game of my life. I don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow so I’ve got to give to my teammates what I have.”
And his teammates have noticed.
“He really communicates well,” CC Sabathia said. “He’s not afraid to talk to us, be emotional. To have a guy behind the plate like that helps a lot.”