Russell Martin is in the middle of a 0-for-27 skid that has his overall numbers down to a pathetic .178/.297/.347. The Yankees are desperate for even league average production from their backstop, but the only option they have to change things up would be to call up Francisco Cervelli, who hasn’t been hitting enough at the Triple-A level to warrant much enthusiasm.
Austin Romine would be a nice option, however he’s been on the DL all season with a bad back. Luckily for the Yankees, he could be coming back soon. Yankees manager Joe Girardi told George King of the NY Post that Romine is just “a couple of weeks away from playing in a game.”
Romine was expected to play at the Triple-A level this season, but with the struggles of Martin it seems likely that the Yankees could call him up much sooner than expected and give him plenty of playing time once he’s in the Bronx.
It would be a good idea too. Romine is a strong defensive catcher and he really can’t do much worse than Martin’s pathetic line. At the very least the Yankees can try to gauage what he would offer them on a full time basis so they can make an informed decision as to whether they need to turn to the free agent market for their 2013 catcher or not.