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Francisco Cervelli has a concussion

Sep 13, 2011, 10:00 AM EDT


We’ve known that Yankees backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has had some concussion-like symptoms since he was leveled at home plate by Nick Markakis in last Thursday’s game against the Orioles. But yesterday it was confirmed: dude has a concussion and he’s on the shelf indefinitely.  Given that he has suffered at least two and possibly three concussions in the past couple of years, he could be out a really long time as recovery time tends to drag on a bit longer for each one.

That means that both Jesus Montero and Austin Romine — the two catching prospects who have basically spent all year in the minors — are likely to make the playoff roster. Montero as the DH/emergency catcher, Romine as the backup catcher. At least I would assume.

Joe Girardi is a former catcher of course, and there have been indications that he is way more concerned about defense behind the dish than your average manager (Mike Scioscia is like this too).  Montero clearly has some issues back there. I’ve never seen Romine catch, but it’s been said that he’s competent but by no means spectacular.  One wonders if this will impact Girardi’s decisions if, say, Russell Martin is a bit banged up.  Or if Giardi is the kind of guy who would rather go with the devil he knows — Jorge Posada — rather than the devil he doesn’t in two young kids.

A major issue? Nah, because Cervelli really isn’t a very good baseball player.  But the kind of thing that can have a fairly large impact due to the position involved and, more importantly, the psychology surrounding the position involved.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    Let’s look at when Cervelli was actually used: to catch CC, which anyone can do (even Grumpy).
    Martin will get more rest and be given appropriate workloads IF we stop starting the ridiculous AJ (Job #1)/
    Montero and Romine don’t do anything either brilliant or damaging behind the plate. Cervelli is actually an improving fireplug behind the plate and gives a surprising number of “clutch” hits.
    No Cervelli, Rest Martin, Put AJ in dipsy dumpster=-No Problem

  2. garryfish - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:28 AM

    Could the Yankees trade for a catcher (Ivan Rodriguez) and use him in the playoffs due to injuries?

    • drmonkeyarmy - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:31 AM


  3. yankeesgameday - Sep 13, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Just get through September and everything will be fine, because as long as Martin is healthy he will catch every inning of every post season game. These kids won’t get a whiff of catching gear come October if Martin is healthy.

    The real issue for the Yanks behind the plate is whether Giradi will let Posada catch Rivera’s 600th, 601st, and 602nd saves. Posada has said that his heart will break if he isn’t behind the plate for those innings. I for one think he has earned the right to that honor and if Giradi keeps that from him it will go a very long way towards showing us the true nature of their relationship, which from what I hear, hasnt always been great.

    When Posada came up and Joe was still catching, I have heard Jorge wasn’t very open to suggestions and pointers from the veteran and a chilly, but professional, relationship, not a warm friendship, has existed between the two ever since.

    But that would be a petty reason not to let Posada replace that night’s catcher in the 9th for Mo’s history making saves.

    • phukyouk - Sep 13, 2011 at 11:07 AM

      funny cause i had a similar conversation this morning on the way into work. I dont think he will catch 600 or 601 but the last out at least of 602 Joe will put him in behind the plate. Especially if its at home. He certainly earned it.

  4. nolanwiffle - Sep 13, 2011 at 12:00 PM

    Very reminiscent of the Buster Posey play…..minus all the outrage.

  5. gozerthegozarian - Sep 13, 2011 at 3:28 PM

    Now he can use this time on the DL to perfect his fist-pump !

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