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Russell Martin needs knee surgery, but the Yankees signed him anyway

Dec 16, 2010, 2:48 PM EDT

Russell Martin

Russell Martin officially signed his one-year, $4 million deal with the Yankees after passing a physical exam earlier this week, but it turns out he didn’t so much “pass” as the Yankees were only concerned with the status of his fractured hip.

Presumably they were encouraged enough by what they saw in his recovery from that injury to sign off on the contract, because Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the physical exam revealed Martin needs knee surgery.

Sherman classifies it as minor surgery and Martin is expected to be recovered from the operation in time for spring training, but going under the knife complicates things even further for the 28-year-old catcher who was already somewhat of a question mark coming off back-to-back disappointing seasons and a major hip injury.

Sherman opines that the Yankees’ willingness to sign Martin anyway “says lot about” their lack of faith in top prospect Jesus Montero being ready to catch in the majors in 2011, but realistically a minor knee surgery in mid-December seems unlikely to hold up a signing regardless.

  1. pisano - Dec 16, 2010 at 3:42 PM

    He could have one leg and do better than Posada or Cervelli. Teams were making fools of the Yankees supposed catchers. You can bet it would have gotten a lot worse this year without Martin. Good signing by the Yankees. The Red Sox have helped themselves this winter, but they still don’t have a catcher that can throw anyone out.

    • Jeremy T - Dec 16, 2010 at 8:17 PM

      I’m not sure I’d blame Cervelli as much as Burnett for his poor performance. Posada, on the other hand, was just sad.

  2. BC - Dec 16, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    The Yanks definitely don’t think much of Montero.

  3. mtner77 - Dec 17, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    It seems that things just keep getting better for the “storied franchise”. Prehaps, Girardi may not want to wear #28 on his uniform just quite yet.

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