When Jorge Posada returns to the Yankees -- which appears likely to happen this weekend -- the Yankees have some catching decisions to make.
First up is which catcher to remove from the roster. Do they send out the impressive, but inexperienced 23-year-old Francisco Cervelli so that he can play every day at AA or AAA? Or do they DFA the useful veteran Kevin Cash, and likely lose him to another team?
My guess is that has a lot to do with the second decision the Yankees need to make. That, of course, is how often do they actually want the soon-to-be 38-year-old Posada to catch?
The last two seasons have shown that a) Posada is an important player for the Yankees, b) his body is showing signs of not being able to handle the daily workload behind the plate, and c) his defense behind the plate is probably not what it used to be.
So, does Cervelli, who has surpassed expectations and looks like he belongs in the big leagues both offensively and defensively, stay at the big-league level and catch 4-5 times a week? That would allow Posada to catch 2-3 times a week and DH on other days, even though I know he would hate that role.
Or, do the Yankees keep Cash on the roster and hope Posada can handle catching 5-6 times a week without breaking down again?
To be honest, as much as I would hate to lose Cash I want to see Cervelli stay. His minor-league numbers indicate that his work with the bat (.300 average in 40 at-bats) is not a mirage, and there's no doubt about his defensive ability. As for Posada, I just don't see him as an every day catcher any longer.
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Here are some other stories making news around the Yankee Universe.
- Phil Hughes' terrific start on Tuesday means Chien-Ming Wang will have to adjust to a long-relief role for now.
- Lefty reliever Zach Kroenke is rising through the Yankee farm system, and could eventually find himself in the Bronx bullpen. Speaking of minor leaguers, 2007 No. 1 pick Andrew Brackman was absolutely terrible Tuesday night.
- Not that power rankings mean anything (they don't), but the Yanks have moved up to fifth in the CBS Sportsline rankings.
- Brian Bruney will see Dr. James Andrews today. He says he is "just tired of wondering" what is wrong with his elbow.