King of the Fist Pumps returns from the DL

Looking at the Three True Outcomes: Offense
Looking at the Three True Outcomes: Pitching

Fist pumps are returning to the Bronx. The Yankees have announced that backup catcher Francisco Cervelli has been activated from the disabled list, and Gustavo Molina, who won’t enter the history books as a hitless Yankee, has been optioned down to AAA. Cervelli, who hit .271/.359/.335 last year, broke his foot in the middle of Spring Training. He’ll serve as Russell Martin‘s backup and hopefully will not take too many at-bats away from the Yanks’ starting catcher. Gustavo, we hardly knew ye.

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Looking at the Three True Outcomes: Offense
Looking at the Three True Outcomes: Pitching
  • nsalem

    Bambi in Bambi meets Godzilla had more of a chance than poor Gus.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpBkc2jK-6w

  • MannyGeee

    Russ Martin’s knees just did a fist pump… they might get some rest now!!!

    • whozat

      I know there was all the stuff about how he had caught all of the teams innings until about a week ago, but with all the rainouts…was Girardi really using him too much? There was the one day game after the two-homer-plus-a-plunking night game, but I think he had off the next day. I mean, normally, you kind of expect a catcher to catch 5 out of every seven days or so, right? he’s been in 21 games in about 28 days…on average, that doesn’t sound too nuts.

      • A.D.

        Yeah I think we would have seen Gustavo a bit more if there weren’t as many off days, total % of games played so far is high but not that bad when looking at calendar days

      • Poopy Pants

        It sounds like Russell has felt pretty good. I trust he’ll get more rest in the future with Cervelli back and some long stretches of games.
        Didn’t Russell blame Torre for running him into the ground in the past?

        • 7commerce

          It was rumored that his tail off over the last two yrs under Torre was due to over-work. Hell, I don’t know.

        • 7commerce

          It was rumored that his tail off over the last two yrs under Torre was due to over-work. I don’t know….

      • 7commerce

        That’s about right–good to have Cervy’s fire back. Two-three starts for him should make for a strong tandem.

  • Monteroisdinero

    Molina’s hit was a gift but it still counts. He was fine defensively.

  • Pat D

    At least Molina still has a job.

    • MikeD

      Ummm, has there been a change in your situation?

      • Pat D

        No. Other than the fact that someone made a huge mistake on what will be our severance packages and mine will be $8000 less than they first told me earlier this week.

        I mean in the sense that at least Molina didn’t get DFA’d and has to find another job. Sterling and Waldman were talking the other night how he has a young daughter and all.

        • MikeD

          Ahh, I see. His chances of sticking in the overall Yankee organization will probably slip as the year progresses, since Cervelli is now healthy, and Montero and Romine gain more experience. That said, he’ll probably last the season as insurance.

          So if they’re talking severance packages, does that mean they’re telling you you’re severed, or letting you know what you’ll get if you’re one of those selected to be, ummm, DFA’d by your company!?

          I hope the T-Mobile girl in the pink dress isn’t DFA’d. I don’t know why, but I must look at her every time she’s on.

          • Pat D

            Yea, the severance packages are what we’d get if we get DFA’d if and when the buyout is approved/completed. They’re not estimating that to be known until July 1, 2012.

            A lot of the sites I’ve been perusing for news lately have also made mention of the T-Mobile girl. Carly is her name, I believe. Because there’s that one ad where the AT&T guy doesn’t have his shirt, someone said that they hope after the buyout goes through there will be an ad where she has to lose her shirt to the AT&T guy.

    • 7commerce

      Nice arm following quick release. No hit guy I guess.

  • Poopy Pants

    I hope they can give a ring to Gu-Mo, although he didn’t have a chance to shine like Jo-Mo (no relation).

  • Big Apple

    welcome back Francisco! looking forward to seeing that small head wearing the big helmet like The Great Gazoo!

  • MikeD

    Martin is going to need rest throughout the season. At least with Cervelli, we have a guy who is not an automatic out with the bat, and can take a walk. Molina is a .120 hitter, where Cervelli gave us a .270/.360 line, which is consistent with his minor league numbers. That’s better than most back-up catchers. The key is to make sure he stays a back-up catcher, and not become the starting catcher as he was last season.

    • 7commerce

      Cervelli will make a respectable starting catcher some day–just not w/ us. U r right–prototype + back-up for right now.

  • Big apple

    Molina is still a better hitter than varitek!

  • M-Three

    I really wish we would stop wasting our time with Cervelli. He nothing more than an automatic out as a Major Leaguer. I wish we could have brought back Jose Molina to back-up or completed that rumored off-season trade of Cervelli for Martin.

    • http://www.secondavenuesagas.com Benjamin Kabak

      As much as I don’t like Cervelli, he has a career OBP of .343 which makes him one of the better backup catchers in the Majors. That’s far from being an automatic out.

      • 7commerce

        As a personality u don’t like him? What’s not to like about hustle, enthusiasm & thirst to get better?

    • 7commerce

      Comment inconsistent w/ facts–led team in almost every BA w/ RISP. Close to best in majors w/ bases loaded. At any rate, Martin as FA sighning saved us players in trade.

    • 7commerce

      Comment inconsistent w/ facts–led team in almost every BA w/ RISP. Close to best in majors w/ bases loaded. At any rate, Martin as FA saved us players in trade.

    • 7commerce

      Comment inconsistent w/ facts–led team in almost every BA w/ RISP. Close to best in majors w/ bases loaded. At any rate, Martin as free agent saved us players in trade.

    • MikeD

      You’d rather “waste our time” with Jose Molina, a career .230 hitter with a .280 OBP? His last year on the Yankees he hit .217. The year prior, he hit .216. He can’t hit for average, has no power, and a walk if a UFO to him. I’m not saying Molina shouldn’t have a MLB job. He should. He’s a back-up catcher, who can fill in for stretches if the team’s main catcher gets injured. That’s also Cervelli, who is much cheaper and younger.

      I don’t understand the Molina-love at all, especially when juxtaposed with the Cervelli-hate. My guess is fans simply overrated Cervelli, actually believing he could be the everyday catcher because of a hot streak early last season. He shouldn’t be an every day catcher, but he’s better for the team than Molina.