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Jesus Montero may not make the Yankees roster

Jesus Montero

New York Yankees catcher Jesus Montero (83) waits on a backfield before the Yankees spring training baseball game against the Boston Red Sox at Steinbrenner Field in Tampa, Fla., Friday, March 4, 2011. Montero is the Yankees top prospect to be called up in the place of a Russell Martin or Jorge Posada. With catcher Francisco Cervelli injured, Montero could be called upon to replace him. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)


Yankees catching prospect Jesus Montero started spring training off positively, answering the one question that many had about him: can the guy play defense? At least he answered it in the first couple of weeks down in Tampa, where he was reportedly solid behind the dish. Since then, however, he has regressed, Brian Cashman tells the Daily News, and he’s neither playing good defense nor hitting. It’s being suggested, therefore, that he be sent down to Scranton to begin the year.

The suspicion is that if Montero doesn’t make the club that Austin Romine would be Russell Martin’s backup. But Romine is hitting worse than Montero is. Given that he’s had less success at similar levels than Montero -- and given that he has yet to play a game above AA -- you’d think that he could use more starting time at Scranton to develop than Montero does. But really, there are no good options here.

Anyone got Bengie Molina’s number?