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2022 Storylines: The catching situation

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Barring a last minute trade, the Yankees plan to platoon Kyle Higashioka and Ben Rortvedt behind the plate this season. At least, once Rortvedt recovers from the oblique injury the Yankees apparently knew about before trading for him. Now that the Gary Sánchez era is over, the Yankees are taking the all-glove-no-bat route at catcher this season.

This is something the Yankees tried almost a decade ago with Chris Stewart, except this time, the team has two defensive minded players at the position. Effectively punting a lineup spot is a bit of a gamble, but the Yankees are counting on not only the defense making it worthwhile, but also the rest of its lineup’s stars hiding this lineup spot.

As important as defense and a healthy rapport with the pitching staff is, how little offense is tolerable? Sánchez received plenty of boos for his missteps behind the dish (and yes, on offense too), but it’s not like blocking or framing a pitch are actively appreciated by most folks. So, on the other hand, I can’t imagine fans will hold back boos if and when Higgy or Rortvedt kill rallies this summer. Not that the Yankees’ front office takes too much stock in crowd sentiment, of course.

Yankees clean up 40-man roster ahead of 60-day IL activation

The Yankees have to activate a number of players from the 60-day injured list this weekend, and to do so, they had to make room on the 40-man roster beforehand. The team got a head start with Brett Gardner and Darren O’Day yesterday, and this afternoon, a few more moves were made official:

Once the Yankees activate Zack Britton, Luke Voit, Miguel Andújar, Clint Frazier, and Aaron Hicks from the 60-day IL, the 40-man roster will stand at 39 players. That number could decrease to 38 if the club declines Joely Rodríguez’s contract option. That will be resolved by Sunday.

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