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MLB News: Expect New York Yankees Prospect Jesus Montero in the Majors Soon

NEW YORK - JULY 13:  Jesus Montero of the New York Yankees and playing for World Futures Team catches against the United States Olympic Team during the 2008 XM All-Star Futures Game at Yankee Stadium on July 13, 2008 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Raul RodriguezContributor IIIAugust 1, 2011

Jesus Montero is expected to be called up to the big leagues "in the very near future", according to sources close to the New York Yankees, John Nalbone of the Star Ledger is reporting.

This should be exciting news for all New York Yankees fans because this call-up is going to be bringing an opportunity for fans to see what Jesus Montero is all about. You can expect Francisco Cervelli to be moved down to AAA, which is where a player of his skill level belongs. The only reason this call-up is being postponed for the time being is that Derek Jeter has a bruised middle finger and could be out for a few days. Francisco Cervelli is the emergency infielder and will probably remain with the club for a few days.

This call-up is going to trigger a few other moves. Manny Banuelos was promoted to AAA on Sunday, which serves as an indication that Dellin Betances and Austin Romine will follow the same path shortly.

Manny Banuelos and Dellin Betances are two pitchers going through an assessment and evaluation period. The Yankees want to challenge these pitchers in AAA and see if they are truly MLB-ready at this point in their careers. The Yankees have also indicated that Banuelos is not going to do a spot start. He will be in AAA to stay. We are just waiting on Betances and Romine to be called up for the time being, though.

I fully expect Jesus Montero to perform very well as a platoon DH with Jorge Posada. I think Montero will gain more and more favor throughout the season with Joe Girardi. The truth is that Posada is getting less and less at-bats as a lefty or righty hitter. This shows that the Yankees might need to depend on someone else, like Jesus Montero, Andruw Jones, or maybe even Marcus Thames, who is getting set to play in the minors soon.

I do not think that Marcus Thames will become a huge factor. Thus, Jesus Montero's greatest obstacle to a big-league job might be Andruw Jones. If this is the case, you can expect Montero to gain more at-bats throughout the season and become the primary DH.

But, this does not take into account the absence of Alex Rodriguez. In a few weeks, it seems as though the Yankees would want to have A-Rod DH for a substantial part of the week. This coupled with stints as the DH by Derek Jeter and Robinson Cano could take away at-bats from Jesus Montero. The Yankees have to give these infielders a rest by making them partial DH's, so it will benefit the team this season to have different players DH every day in September.

That being said, maybe the Yankees allow Montero to catch a few times to give Russell Martin a break. They might increase the number of games Montero catches in if he impresses Joe Girardi with his bat. But, with Cervelli gone and Montero up soon, Jesus Montero will have to be counted on to fulfill some catching duties.

Hopefully Jesus can do a better job than the under-performing Cervelli. He should be able to pull that off, since I could even catch better than Cervelli, and I've never played a game of baseball in my life.

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