Thursday, March 14, 2013
Who catches in the Bronx?
By Jason Catania
The New York Yankees decided against signing a veteran catcher after Russell Martin signed with the Pirates, so spring training has been a matter of solidifying an in-house replacement.
With prospect Austin Romine being optioned to Triple-A Monday, as reported by MLB.com's Bryan Hoch, that means the duo of Chris Stewart and Francisco Cervelli are expected to break camp with the team at spring's end.
Manager Joe Girardi has maintained all along that Romine, who missed a good chunk of 2012 with a back injury, should be in line for a big role in the very near future, especially since he is considered the best option on offense. The Yanks need to determine if he can handle catching on a regular basis in the majors.
Cervelli is a career .271 hitter but has never had more than 266 at-bats over parts of five major league seasons, while Stewart is a better fit as a backup who provides quality defense. The pair will most likely split duties early in the season, until one of them takes control or Romine is ready to be called up.