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Posada is insurance behind plate

Russell Martin missed his third straight game with back stiffness Friday night, but Joe Girardi isn't concerned about getting another catcher from Triple-A. Not with his old catcher, Jorge Posada, still on the roster.

Martin said he planned to hit and throw Saturday and could be ready to return Sunday.

"I still think we're OK for a while, just because we do have Jorge in case of emergency," Girardi said. "It'd be different if we didn't have Jorge."

Of course, Posada hasn't crouched behind a plate anywhere since the season began -- not even in the bullpen.

"If we're using him, it'll be like an emergency situation where he'd have to catch a couple innings," Girardi said. "My hope is he hasn't forgotten."

But it doesn't seem that will be necessary with Francisco Cervelli doing the catching and Martin's return getting closer.

"Still a little bit of discomfort, but compared to the first couple of days, it's night and day," Martin said.

Woes mechanical

Girardi said Cervelli's poor throws of late were just a matter of changing some mechanics.

"It's similar to, with a pitcher, if that front shoulder flies a little bit early, that ball's taking off," Girardi said. "And that's what's happening with him. You're talking about if he stays in maybe a second longer, that's it. A second or two longer."

Whelan promoted

The Yankees called up RHP Kevin Whelan from Triple-A Scranton before Friday night's game and sent down OF Chris Dickerson. Whelan allowed one run on four walks in two-thirds of an inning Friday night against the Indians.

Whelan was 1-1 with a 1.67 ERA and 18 saves with Scranton. To make room for him, Joba Chamberlain was placed on the 60-day disabled list.

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