In case you missed it, Yankee Manager Joe Girardi announced during last night’s postgame that Jorge Posada’s MRI showed a hairline fracture in his foot, and will be out 3-4 weeks as a result. Jorge’s name will be added to the already long list of Yankee injuries that includes Nick Swisher, Nick Johnson, Curtis Granderson, and Alfredo Aceves. Marcus Thames also left yesterday’s game early with an injury, but was diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is listed as day to day. So the Yanks currently have no backup Catcher, no regular DH and a list of uninspiring options at AAA to fill in. Let’s look at each one by one:
Jermaine Dye-First, let’s quickly dispose of any ideas that Dye would be a fit. I’d love his bat coming off the bench, and given his defensive liabilities he’d be a good fit as a DH. But signing him would mean he’d need minimum 2-3 weeks to get ready, at which point Jorge will be a few days from returning. Even if he’s kept himself in good shape (we have no idea if he has) there’s a difference between playing shape and gym work. This one just doesn’t work in terms of timing.
Chad Moeller-Many pundits had him as the likeliest choice last night. Moeller’s a MLB veteran and a defensive specialist who you know can handle a pitching staff. But the Yanks already have a premium defender in Cervelli. What they really need is a DH who can catch if necessary, and that’s Montero. But Jesus has his own issues, which I’ll address next.
Jesus Montero-Off to a slow start this year, there were rumblings he reported into camp out of shape and has yet to get it going. He’s already been benched for lack of hustle in Durham, but has also been reported to be making big strides in his throwing from behind the plate of late. The Yanks may want to keep that defensive momentum going, and not reward him with promotion after doing little to deserve it thus far. He’s the best fit, but it would be very hard to do considering the season he’s had.
Neither Moeller or Montero is on the Yanks 40-Man roster so calling one up would mean you risk losing whoever he replaces. From that end, Chad Huffman strikes me as a likely choice of the one to go. Pitching is too fragile and bullpens are too volatile, so you can’t cut loose any of your arms at this point of the year. The Yanks like Greg Golson as pinch runner/late inning defensive replacement and have already called him up once this season. At Jeter’s age, you can’t lose the one pure SS you have at AAA in Eduardo Nunez. Kevin Russo had a very good season in Scranton last year and has the defensive flexibility that makes him too valuable to lose.
Let’s define what the need is. The Yanks already have an outstanding defensive Catcher in Cervelli. Nick Johnson and Jorge Posada were the everyday DH’s, and both have gone down with injuries. A DH who can catch would be the best fit for the club, and that’s Montero. But he’s had too many issues in AAA this year to reward him with a big league promotion and he’s too important to the team’s future to screw up his development. You want to promote a player when he has nothing left to prove at that level, and Jesus is far from that goal both with his glove and bat. My money’s on Moeller getting the call.
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