Girardi: Russell Martin Doesn’t Need a Backup

Once the playoffs start Russell Martin doesn’t need a backup catcher, at least that’s what his manager Joe Girardi told Ian Begley of ESPN New York.

“I think he’s more than capable of playing every day, every playoff game behind home plate. That’s not really a question in my mind … I have no problem doing that,” the manager said.

This comes in the wake of Francisco Cervelli being cleared to begin baseball activities although he still may not return this year, according to Begley.

If Cervelli can’t go what the Yankees may end up doing is carrying Martin along with Jorge Posada and Jesus Montero on the playoff roster while leaving Austin Romine home. That way Martin could be the catcher and Posada and Montero will DH with whoever the third player is sitting on the bench in case of an emergency.

The rules do allow a roster change in the event of an injury so there would be no real harm in leaving Romine off the roster.

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