We don’t know what Francisco Cervelli’s health is like right now. Concussions are highly unpredictable. That said, I hope that Cervelli chooses to sit out the remainder of the season. After four concussions, he will at some point be risking permanent damage with any quick return. No matter how severe or minor his concussion, there is now a significant chance that the Yankees will need to make up a postseason roster without him, which poses an interesting challenge.
We all know that Russell Martin will catch the overwhelming majority of postseason innings this postseason, if not every single one. We’re lucky enough that Martin is a very well-rounded catcher: there are almost no foreseeable situations where it would be prudent to substitute him for a pinch hitter, pinch runner, or defensive replacement. You can’t say that about every postseason starting catcher, which gives the Yankees some flexibility in postseason roster decisions. The Yankees will only need another catcher in the event of an emergency.… Click here to read the rest