The deal technically just became official today and the new Yankees catcher Russell Martin already needs knee surgery.
The newly signed catcher has a small meniscus tear in his right knee and will have arthroscopic surgery Monday.
Martin passed his Yankees physical making the deal official Thursday.
“It’s a three-week recovery period,” GM Brian Cashman said. “We can take time with this. He will be full-throttle when called upon. We don’t want it to become a problem. It’s not a serious surgery at all.”
This has me worried. Yes typically this type of surgery is nothing, about a month and the player is back to normal. But this is a catcher we are talking about getting knee surgery. That is never a good thing. Catchers put a ton of miles on their knees during the coarse of a season and while these injuries generally heal quickly they do tend to linger occasionally.
It’s not that big of a deal though because the Yankees have Jesus Montero. He has a monster bat and even though it may take him a while to adjust to the majors it does feel good having him there as a Plan B. After all Martin is a risk-reward type player. We knew there was going to be some risk in the first place. Otherwise the Dodgers would have just re-signed him.
What do you think? Was this an ill-fated decision? Or is it worth the risk because Martin is potentially one of the best catchers in baseball if healthy?