With Francisco Cervelli diagnosed with concussion-like symptoms and home resting, there is suddenly the possibility that Austin Romine could make the playoff roster. Romine is making his first major league start on Monday, catching Phil Hughes.
Romine could be the Yankees' backup catcher, because while Jesus Montero has a good chance to be the post-season DH it is hard to imagine he would be the primary backup catcher if Cervelli isn't better.
"They could get called into duty if we do get to the playoffs," Joe Girardi said of the two young players.
The Yankees clearly like Romine's defense over Montero's. Girardi said that Romine's caught a lot more in his life than Montero.
On Saturday, Girardi couldn't track down Romine and asked Andrew Romine, Austin's brother who plays for the Angels, where he was. Eventually, the Yankees got Romine's girlfriend's number from his agent and Girardi called the girlfriend.
Cervelli could return, but Girardi indicated that he didn't expect to get Cervelli back until next Monday at the earliest, but may not even then.
"His MRI came back negative, but he is still having concussion symptoms," Girardi said.
The Yankees official diagnosis is a concussion. He is not allowed to baseball activiites.
Meanwhile, Girardi planned on playing catch with Russell Martin before Monday's game to see if he could be an emergency catcher. Martin could start on Tuesday or Wednesday. Martin took a foul ball off his right thumb last Saturday. Montero is expected to DH on Tuesday.