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Girardi pondering how to split catching duties

Girardi pondering how to split catching duties

TAMPA, Fla. -- Francisco Cervelli and Chris Stewart appear locked in as the Yankees' catching tandem to start the season, but manager Joe Girardi still has not ironed out exactly how he wants to split the duties.

Girardi is entertaining the idea of having one player catch three games and the other catch two, but he is "not necessarily" married to that arrangement.

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"I would say we're a little bit clearer," Girardi said. "We still have this last week to evaluate it. I still don't have an exact plan of how I want to do it. I think during the season you have to see how these guys are doing, basically, and how it's working out on a daily basis before we really jump into it."

Girardi met with his catchers earlier this spring and emphasized that defense must be their first priority, with any offensive contributions essentially considered a bonus. Thus far, the message seems to have been received.

"I'm pleased with the progress Cervy has made on his defense," Girardi said. "We always knew Stewy was a good defensive catcher. We'll sit down and talk about it next week."

Bryan Hoch is a reporter for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @bryanhoch and read his MLBlog, Bombers Beat. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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