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Cash’s value is in his experience
Veteran has been a catch in his new role
Kevin Cash has an expensive piece of jewelry he’s very proud of. But he won’t be wearing it around the Red Sox.
The catcher earned a World Series ring with the Yankees last season, having played 10 games for New York in May while regular catchers Jorge Posada and Jose Molina were on the disabled list.
Cash started seven games before he was optioned back to the minors. The Yankees mailed him his ring earlier this season, hidden in a coffee box.
“I was pretty excited to get it,’’ Cash said. “It’s nice.’’
Cash also earned a World Series ring with the 2007 Red Sox, having played in 12 games down the stretch. He was on the roster for the Division Series but did not play.
After spending all of 2008 with the Sox, Cash was let go and signed a minor league deal with the Yankees.
“It’s an honor to have played for both of those teams,’’ he said before the Sox’ 9-3 victory over the Orioles last night at Fenway.
“The teammates alone, to say I was in the clubhouse with the guys here in Boston and the guys in New York is something special.
“Jorge Posada, Mariano Rivera, Derek Jeter, Jason Varitek, Dustin Pedroia, Kevin Youkilis, David Ortiz, all of them. I’m lucky to be able to say that.’’
What impressed Cash the most was how players such as Pedroia and Jeter conducted themselves.
“Jeter, I cannot say enough good things about what a special player and person he is. Just outstanding,’’ Cash said. “There’s so much good said about him, you kind of come in skeptical. Then you play with him and you realize that’s why it’s said.
“The same is true of Pedey. Those guys know how to play the game and how to act.’’
Cash said there are a lot of similarities between the teams.
“Have fun, but at 7 o’clock it’s time to lock it in. Both teams have that approach,’’ he said. “They play hard. The veterans on the Yankees play hard and the veterans here play hard. Pedroia, Youkilis, they run hard all the time and you don’t see that everywhere.
“Once some guys get established, I don’t want to say they don’t play hard, but maybe they slack a little bit. But you watch Jeter run down to first base and he’s always hustling. Pedroia is the same way. Even Alex [Rodriguez], too.’’
The biggest distinction, Cash said, comes at Fenway Park and the new Yankee Stadium.
“It’s different at Fenway. It’s an atmosphere where the fans are right on top of you. When I took the field [on Friday], it was nice to have that feeling again. In New York, it’s just so big. Both stadiums get loud when they get rocking. But New York is more spread out.’’
Cash keeps the World Series rings locked in a safe at his home in Florida. But he will soon switch them to a safe deposit box.
“I’m careful with those,’’ he said. “It’s nice to say I played a role for two teams like that who won championships.’’
Cash and infielder/outfielder Eric Hinske were the only players who were on the 2007 Red Sox and the 2009 Yankees.
“If he pitches on Monday, he’s going to have to be as close to 100 percent as he can be,’’ manager Terry Francona said yesterday. “We’re going to run him through some more stuff. If he doesn’t, in our opinion, pass, we’re not going to pitch him if we’re not completely sure. So we’ll see.’’
Buchholz is able to pitch without any discomfort. But the Sox want to make sure his leg is sound in the event he has to get off the mound quickly to cover first base.
“Obviously, we’re going to err on the side of caution with him,’’ Francona said. “Nothing has been ruled out with him.’’
“Even the amount of swelling is not as much as I think they expected, which is really good,’’ Francona said. “It’s strictly muscular. We’ll keep him down for a few days and maybe throw a couple of bullpens maybe Friday and Sunday before the break. Hopefully that will do the trick.’’
Delcarmen went on the disabled list Friday after three rocky outings in a row.
Francona termed the swings “aggressive’’ and said Hermida could take batting practice on the field as soon as Tuesday.
Taking swings on the field would be the final step before starting a minor league rehabilitation assignment.