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Friday, March 4, 2011

Cervelli out a month, could open door for Montero

Today the Yankees announced that backup catcher Francisco Cervelli will be out at least four weeks, if not four weeks in the regular season, due to a broken foot. Although this won't affect the regular starting lineup for the Yankees this season, it could open the door for top prospect Jesus Montero to make the Opening Day 25-man roster.

Cervelli suffered the injury on Wednesday against the Houston Astros when he fouled off a pitch on his left foot. In Spring Training Cervelli batted .600 (3-5) in limited time, but he was clearly off to a strong start. With this in mind top Yankee prospect Jesus Montero should be the leading candidate to be the backup catcher for the Yankees, now that grizzled veteran Jorge Posada is more than likely going to be the full time DH for the Yanks. So far this spring Jesus Montero has batted just .125, (1-8) but obviously in limited time, he'll see more action as the spring goes along. And if he plays his cards right, he'll make the Opening Day roster.

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