The Yankees need a catcher, but as much as fans surely want to see Jesus Montero or Austin Romine pushed to the big leagues, I’ll be surprised to see either of them in the Yankees clubhouse this afternoon.
The Yankees brought Chad Moeller back to the organization for exactly this situation: To play off the big league bench for a few weeks should anything happen to Francisco Cervelli or Jorge Posada.
Montero is still just 20 years old, and his numbers in Triple-A suggest there’s still some development to be done at that level. Never mind the fact that he was recently benched for not hustling. That sort of thing isn’t often rewarded with a call-up a few weeks later. Romine is a year older than Montero and he’s playing well in Double-A Trenton, but there’s an entire level between him and the big leagues. When Cervelli skipped Triple-A, it was largely because he was already on the 40-man.
“Cervi’s been playing well, and I foresee Cervi getting most of that time,” Girardi said last night.
That sounds like the Yankees are looking for a backup, and it would be hard to put either Montero or Romine on the bench right now, especially when there’s a bench player with 10 years of major league experience waiting in Triple-A.