Cervelli injured in Sunday's win over Boston

Cervelli "likely out a while" after leaving series finale with hamstring injury
04/13/2014 11:48 PM ET
By Lou DiPietro

New York's Francisco Cervelli bats during a Yankees game in 2013.(AP)
New York Yankees catcher/first baseman Francisco Cervelli appears headed to the disabled list after being removed in the fourth inning of Sunday's win over Boston with a right hamstring injury.

Cervelli, who drew the start at first base in the series finale against the Red Sox, grabbed his hamstring and fell down as he crossed the bag on what was initially ruled an inning-ending 5-4-4-3 double play. He stayed down on the field and was looked at by trainers while the call was reviewed by the umpires, and went into the dugout limping shortly before crew chief Brian O'Nora reversed the decision and ruled Cervelli safe at first.

After being credited with just a 5-4 fielder's choice and an RBI, Cervelli was officially lifted from the game for pinch-runner Ichiro Suzuki; come the fifth inning, right fielder Carlos Beltran moved to first base to replace Cervelli defensively - marking his first career appearance at first - and Ichiro stayed in the game in right field.

Manager Joe Girardi did not yet know the severity of the injury immediately after the game, but intimated that it was something that would sideline Cervelli for a while.

"He's in an MRI tube right now, but I don't anticipate it's day-to-day," the skipper said.

The reversal itself turned out to be huge for the Yankees, as it allowed McCann to score what ended up being the game-winning runs, but that was a bittersweet pill for Girardi to swallow.

"It was an important run, and as you know, sometimes these divisions and wild cards come down to one game," he said. "And it was good hustle by Cervy there, but unfortunately it looks like we've lost him for a little bit."

While Cervelli's injury may be the most serious, his was only one on an unfortunately long list of Yankees maladies on Sunday; Derek Jeter sat out as a precautionary measure because of some lingering tightness in his right quad, Brian Roberts missed the game after having an MRI on his sore lower back and is day-to-day after the MRI came back negative, and both Yangervis Solarte (hit in midsection with a tag) and Brian McCann (hit on right hand with pitched ball) were banged up at various points but managed to finish the game.

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