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Francisco Cervelli suffers fractured hand, will miss a minimum of six weeks

04/26/2013 9:04 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro
New York Yankees catcher Francisco Cervelli has a fracture in his right hand that will require surgery, and he will miss a minimum of six weeks.

Cervelli was hurt in the first inning of Friday’s game against Toronto, when a foul ball off the bat of Blue Jays DH Rajai Davis hit him in his bare throwing hand. After a consultation with the trainers, he was removed from the game and taken for x-rays that confirmed the fracture.

Entering play Friday, Cervelli was hitting .269 with three home runs and eight RBI in 16 games, and had earned the bulk of the playing time in a timeshare with Chris Stewart. When Cervelli is officially placed on the disabled list, the Yankees will likely summon top prospect Austin Romine from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre to replace him; Romine, who was hitting .341 entering Friday, was removed from the RailRiders’ game against Columbus Friday night in the midst of the top of the third inning after the team learned of Cervelli’s injury.

Cervelli’s injury may not be the only one suffered by the Yankees on Friday, as his battery mate, Ivan Nova, left the game in the third inning with what was later termed right elbow pain. Nova was pulled after allowing a single to Davis – clearly indicating to trainer Steve Donohue that he was in some discomfort – and was scheduled to undergo an MRI later Friday night.

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