For most of his short Yankee career, Chris Stewart has barely been noticable. He barely played and really only caught for CC Sabathia. Over the past couple of weeks Russell Martin has been dealing with a back problem and suddenly Stewart has played in nine of the Yankees last 13 games. That’s practically everyday for a catcher.
The Yankees have resisted the urge to put Martin on the DL because they don’t think his back has been bad enough. It didn’t help matters though when the other day he got bowled over at home plate by Casey Kotchman.
“You could see it’s tough for him to finish his swing,” Girardi told Dan Martin of the NY Post. “I think the rotation [of his upper body] bothers him. We’ve been through it before with him. In the short term, we want it to get it better; in the long term, my feeling is he’s gonna be healthy [and] it’s not gonna be a DL case.”
For his part, Stewart is doing a solid job. Since June 16, he is hitting .304/.320/.391. Not bad for somebody who is supposed to be a no-hit, all-defense type of catcher.
Martin will likely go back to playing everyday behind the plate soon enough though.