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Russell Martin not ready to catch

Updated: February 23, 2011, 5:47 PM ET
By Wallace Matthews | ESPNNewYork.com

TAMPA, Fla. -- The Yankees signed Russell Martin to be their everyday catcher, but he won't be behind the plate when they open their exhibition season Saturday against the Philadelphia Phillies.

"I don't think he's quite ready to go and I'm not going to rush him,'' manager Joe Girardi said Wednesday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. "He still talks about [his knee] doesn't quite feel the same as it did before. I told him, I want to know when you're 100 percent. Because I don't want any setbacks ...

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