NEW YORK – New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli will head to the 15-day disabled list after sustaining a Grade 2 strain of his right hamstring during the team’s 3-2 victory over the Boston Red Sox on Sunday night. The injury usually carries a four-to-six week recovery period.
Manager Joe Girardi indicated that Cervelli was sent for an MRI after limping from the field during the fourth inning. The injury had occurred when Cervelli beat out a potential inning-ending double play ball. After initially being called out, an umpires’ review deemed Cervelli safe, which scored a run from third base and went down as a fielder’s choice.
"It's good hustle by Cervy; unfortunately, I believe we've lost him for a little bit," Girardi said. "As we know, divisions and Wild Card spots come down to one game. That was an important run."
The Yankees also received a scare later in Sunday’s game when Brian McCann took a foul ball off his fingers during the eighth inning. McCann stayed in the game and underwent precautionary X-rays, but insisted he was fine after they came back negative.
Cervelli began last season splitting time with Chris Stewart as the Yankees’ starting catcher, but made just 16 starts before a fractured hand would send him to the disabled list. Prior to returning, Cervelli was suspended for his part in the Biogenesis scandal, ending his season.
It appears likely that Austin Romine will return from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace Cervelli. Shane Greene was also optioned to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after Sunday’s game.