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The Yankees are going to call up Jesus Montero “in the very near future”

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)

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The exact timeline is unclear, but the Trenton Times reports that the Yankees are going to call up catcher Jesus Montero “in the very near future.”

Montero was rumored to be the fodder of a possible Ubaldo Jimenez deal at the deadline, but one gets the sense that the Yankees weren’t keen on trading him. It probably is high time, however, that they figure out exactly what they have in this kid. A catcher by trade, his bat is his calling card, and when he comes to New York he’d likely spend a good amount of time at DH.

He’s hitting .283/.342/.429 with ten homers in AAA this year. Last year he hit to the tune of .289/.353/.517. Still, it’s worth remembering that he’s only 21, even if he has been talked about for what seems like forever.